Research Files

hi everyone,

i have just started using scrivener for my bachelor thesis. so far im really liking it.

one thing that bothers me is the way scrivener seems to handle the files that i drop to “research”.

where are those files saved? why cant i use “reveal in finder” on them. or do i have to save them to a separate folder on my own, and scrivener only saves references?



Glad you’re liking Scrivener so far.

Anything in Scrivener’s binder is contained inside the project itself - any files dragged in are imported. They are stored inside the .scriv file - so you don’t need to keep copies elsewhere if you don’t want to. It’s the same as going to File > Import > Files…

Hope that helps.

All the best,

hi keith,

thanks for the quick reply!

i often have to edit images via photoshop.when i choose “open in external editor” it only opens in preview. i couldnt find anything in the preferences.


Ah, there’s no way of doing that at the moment. The only way would be to peek inside the .scriv file (by ctrl-clicking on it in the Finder and selecting “Show Package Contents” and finding the file, which is awkward because the file name is just a number (in general you shouldn’t really peek inside the .scriv package). You could then choose to change the editor with which it is associated in the Finder, because Scrivener’s “Open in External Editor” just uses whichever editor the file is associated with by default in the Finder.

This is improved in Scrivener 2.0 (out in October), which allows you to choose which external editor you wish to open the file in, and also provides a “Refresh” button so that you can reload a file that has been edited externally.

All the best,