Progress Bar for Session Target Always Remains Empty

I know this sounds both very odd, and probably pretty unimportant, but I’m so puzzled by it that I thought I would ask anyway to see if anyone can figure out what I’m doing wrong.

When I open the Project Targets window for the projects I am working on and fill in goals for both the draft target and the session target, the rising word count for both seems to be correctly tracked by he counters. The problem is with the blue progress bars. The one for the draft target dutifully tracks across the empty space as the word count rises just as you would expect it to, but the bar for the session target remains entirely blank. The number of words in the session increase in the counter, but the progress bar stays completely empty. No blue line fills the space from left to right as the session target is reached in the way that one does the draft target bar as that word count increases.

I’m sure I’m overlooking something entirely obvious here and it’s driving me nuts. Can anyone tell me what it might be?

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Hmm, yes there is something weird going on here. Try this sequence:

  1. Click ‘reset’ in the target palette
  2. Click in the session target area and enter 250 words
  3. Press return
  4. Paste or type some text anywhere in the Scrivener project
  5. If the blue bar does rise at this point, it might be step three that was hanging things up. This will be fixed in a future version.

If the blue bar is still non-existent, try changing the goal to something small like 25 words. Upon pressing enter, you should see the bar jump up immediately. If none of this works, there are strange things afoot!


Thanks. The answer does indeed have something to do with the ‘press Return’ thing, although I’m not yet sure precisely what.

To start with, I don’t think I was hitting Return at all after entering the session goal, mostly because I didn’t realize I needed to. Then, when I followed your suggestions and did so, then pasted some text, I STILL got no blue bar until I went put the cursor back in the text I had pasted and pressed Return yet again. I’m not sure why that happened.

Anyway, after fiddling with throwing in a Return here and there, I seem to have the bar working. It’s a nice little guide and I’m glad to have it to keep me company throughout the day. Many thanks for your help.

You are welcome, and as said the behaviour of this will improve in the next free update. Fortunately, once you do get the values plugged in and everything working, you do not normally have to mess with it again in that project. You might also try running Scrivener beta 12 (available in the beta board). There are a few known quirks with it, but it is otherwise stable for daily usage, and fixes a few critical bugs that existed in the 1.11 branch. I suggest this because ordinarily I have no problems with the session and project target fields, but I do not use them heavily.