Removing items from collections

How do I remove items from collections? Pressing delete doesn’t do anything. I do not want to select move to trash as I’m scared it’ll removed from the binder and not the collection and put into trash.

Also the Ctrl + Aroow Keys shortcuts do not work in collections. Are they supposed to?

Would appreciate any help so I don’t accidentally send stuff to trash by mistake or remove items from binder.

Ok, at the moment selecting Move to Trash or using Shift-Delete on an item in a standard collection will simply remove it from the collection, not move it to the trash. This is incorrect, but Collections are currently missing the “-” button that would be the normal way of removing an item from the collection, and likewise a simple “Delete” which should also work is not. This (well, that an unmodified Delete should work) will be corrected for 1.0, but for now, provided that you are viewing the collection, Shift-Delete on the item will simply remove it. To complicate this still further, do not use Move To>Trash (in the way that you can choose Move To>Research or any other place in the binder), as that will really move it to the Trash folder. Both are available in the context menu, but “Move to Trash”, which is the safe one, is up near the top and has the Shift-Del shortcut written next to it.

The Ctrl-Arrow shortcuts (and the actual Move menu items) should work in standard collections but presently do not; this is also on the list for correction by 1.0.

Thanks MM,

Much appreciated. Sleep well.

Is this also true for Mac platforms?

I’m running Scrivener 2.1 on a Mac and am also finding it impossible to delete items from Collections.

There is no ’ – ’ button visible (as shown in the Scrivener manual) on the specific collection from where I need to delete. The only ’ – ’ button visible is the one to delete an entire collection.



Ike, you might in fact be looking at a saved search collection. Do you see a little magnifying glass in the corner? If so, you can’t edit the contents of this collection directly—it is being generated by your search term. If you want to edit it, then you can either select the entire list and click the + button to create a new editable collection with the search results, or you can use the View/Collections/Convert to Standard Collection menu command if you no longer need the search term laying around.

Hi Ike,

No, on the Mac you should have the “-” button as described in the manual; you also can just hit Delete (no modifier) to remove the item from the collection. In the Mac version (as will later be in the Windows version, when the bugs are fixed), using Cmd-Delete or Move to Trash will actually trash the document.

It should look like this for you:

If you’re not seeing the tabs at the top, you can click the “Collections” icon in the toolbar to show them, but in either case the “-” next to the collection header will remove items, not delete the collection.

If you don’t see the minus sign but do see a little magnifying glass in the header, that means it’s a search collection, and you cannot remove items from it. Only arbitrary collections (where you’ve just selected items to put in the collection) can be rearranged or have items added or removed.

EDIT: Ah, Ioa got here first. :slight_smile:

Thanks for this clarification, guys.

I was not aware of this before - simply assuming that anything in the Collections column had become a ‘Collection’ even though its origin was as a ‘Saved Search’.

I’ll have to rethink my strategy, as I was finding the ‘live’ nature of saved searches particularly useful in creating a live Fractal Planner To-Do List

Is there a simple method of toggling backwards and forwards between a Standard Collection and a Saved Search or is it strictly one way?

Thanks again,


It’s one way. Switching from an arbitrary collection to a dynamic collection would be destructive in most cases, since a big point in having them is the ability to move things around within them and curate their contents. I’d just recommend a pair of collections. One to dynamically generate content as needed, and the other for more considered arrangements.

Thanks again.
I’ll see if I can work with the lists in parallel.