new window?

Is it possible to have two windows open at once?

What I mean is this: I use Scrivener to write a weekly column. My Binder contains about 400 columns organized by date. This works well for me except when I want to search for something I might have written, in which case the window becomes unusable for on-going copy and paste, because the window is doing what I asked: showing the results of a search.

What I want, though, is to have the search results open while I pick and choose pieces from it for possible insertion into a current piece. For now, I copy the found text and paste it usually in a TextEdit document as often the desired text is not continuous.

I tried to duplicate the Scrivener file, but Scrivener is far to foxy for that; it saw what I was doing and suggested indices might become mucked up.

Any ideas? Imagine MS Word’s ability to show a New Window as that’s what I’m looking for.

Any ideas please?

Split the Editor, or QuickReference?

I think you want to “split” the editor. Lock the WIP so that you don’t lose your place, then click the split window and do the search.

You might also have a look at the Edit -> Append Selection to Document command as an alternative to pasting into TextEdit.


To piggy-back on a suggested up top, having the column you’re working on in a floating “Quick Reference” window would let you perform searches, copy & paste from found documents, and otherwise make good use of the binder and both split editors in the main interface.

There are a number of ways to manage what you want to do, so it’s just a matter of picking the one that you find the most appealing.