I’m loving using Scrivener so no complaints or problems as such but I wondered if anyone could explain to me what the Outline Mode is for? Isn’t the synopsis for outlining scenes? Sorry if I’m being thick but if I’d hate to miss something.
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The outliner provides an alternate way of viewing much the same information as the corkboard. Whilst the corkboard can only display the top-level contents of any container, however, the outliner can display the subdocuments of subdocuments and so forth too - documents that have subdocuments have a disclosure triangle on the left which can be clicked to reveal these subdocuments.
To edit text fields (title and synopses) in the outliner, double-click on them. To edit labels and status, click on them and select a new label or status from the pop-up menu (also available via the ctrl-click menu, which is also contained in the footer view). Depending on which outliner columns are visible (see The Corkboard and Outliner), you can also set the “Include in Draft”, “Page Break Before” and “Preserve Formatting” flags for each document by clicking their checkbox buttons (see Meta-Data). Note that some columns, such as word count and modified date, for instance, cannot be edited. Also note that, depending on how your Preferences are set up, you can create new documents in the outliner by pressing the Return key. If a row is selected, this will create a new row after it; if nothing is selected, a new row will be added at the bottom of the outline. (Note that if you are editing the synopsis or title of a row, hitting Return will end editing, so you will have to hit it again if you also wish to create a new row.) This behaviour can be turned off via the Navigation Preferences.
Whilst we said above that you will usually create a document’s synopsis using the index card in the inspector, this is not always the case. This assumes that you create your documents first, and then want to get an overview of them using their synopses later. However, when outlining or planning a project, or when you do look at the overview and decide that you need to insert documents between those already existing, you may wish to work in the other direction - that is, by creating synopses before working on the documents they represent.
This is easy to do. You can use the corkboard and outliner views to create documents (by hitting Return, cmd-N or option-cmd-N for folders, or by clicking on the + button in the toolbar or in the footer view). You can then enter a title and synopsis for the new card or row (note that the Tab key can be used to move between fields within the index cards and outliner rows). You now have a “stub” document - a document with a title and synopsis but no text as of yet. The synopsis now acts not as a summary of existing text, but as a declaration of intent of what should go into the text when you get around to writing it. Note that this is where using a status can be very useful - you can assign such documents as “To Do”, for instance.
You can thus create a rough outline of your project either before or during the actual writing. You may have a complete outline with some documents fully written and others yet to do; you may plan out your whole outline before starting work on the writing; or you may write as you go and then take a look at the outline only after the first d