I would like to know if there is a feature on Scrivener to read through my project without the scene/folder breaks. I love that feature while I’m writing a manuscript, but for a revision read-through, I think it would be helpful to have it all together (like a compiled document) so I can see how each scene flows into the next without leaving the software. The folder titles and even scene titles could be intact, but I’d like to scroll through them all like I’m reading a book. I realize I could just compile a document after the first draft, but I was wondering if there’s a Scrivener feature I could just click in the software to bring it all together into one, cohesive manuscript.
Similar to the Page Layout View or Composition Mode I guess, if it allowed me to scroll through to the next folder.
Thanks for the help!
-New Scrivener User
Welcome to the forum.
I can only assume you haven’t taken the time to do the tutorial, which you find under the “Help” menu. It’s worth doing, but you don’t have to do the whole thing in one go and worry about complexities … just learn enough to get you going with what you need at the moment, and go back to it later for new needs.
For this question, however, you need to go into “Scrivenings” view; you can do that from “View > Scrivenings”, with Cmd-1, or with the left hand part of the composite button in the toolbar … that is a toggle, switching between Scrivenings view and single editor view, where you only see the document in which your cursor is active.
So, click the “Draft” folder in your Binder, choose “Scrivenings” view by whatever manner you prefer, and click to on “Format > Options > Show Titles in Scrivenings”. In the “Scrivener > Preferences”, in the “Formatting” pane at the bottom, you can choose the font and size in which the titles will be displayed, and depending on how you work, if you have any text in any folders that you also want displayed, then “Preferences > Navigation” allows you to turn that on or off.
Let me just say that for me, the key to enjoying using Scrivener — and any powerful software for that matter — is not to think you have to understand the whole thing with all its bells and whistles, but learn the things about it that you actually find useful and don’t worry about the rest … if you find as you go along that you could use some new — for you — feature, then work it out then.
I have been using Scrivener since the end of 2006 before v. 1.0 was launched: yet I’ve never used the corkboard, nor script mode; I’ve only ever compiled to RTF; and it was only in late 2014 that I realised that splitting my text up into paragraph-length binder documents and judicious use of labels combined with “Project Search” for the labels to set up collections would benefit what I do immensely.
I hope that helps.