Research Folder - Can you link items?

Hi all,

As a very new user I hesitate lest I ask a should-be-obvious question or make a daft suggestion, but sometimes the very new impression is valuable, so here goes.

Firstly, though I bought Scrivener for writing projects (I am a technical Author) I have stumbled upon a perhaps unintended use, and that is to plan very large presentations, such as PPT or Keynote. If I treat each ‘document’ as a slide, and have supporting information feeding in, either as sub-docs or in research, then it can be a very useful and flexible tool. Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating.

My second point is more of a question/suggestion. Is there any way of linking research information (in the research folder) with particular documents (or chapters etc)? I tend to accumulate huge amounts of data which I use to inform a particular point or chapter. On the presentation I described above, there is so much data that it’s difficult to sort/use. Is there a way to link/sort?

Finally, a comment. Another area I’ve found Scrivener to be very useful is in the collection of research and support data for retrospective use. I’m sure we’ve all been in the position of asking ourselves ''now why did I say that?’’ when asked about a particular point or phrase, and for me, having previously been very disorganised with research, Scrivener is a boon.

Enough from me. Nice to meet you all.


Hi Ian,

Welcome to the boards! Thanks for your thoughts on different ways of using Scrivener, too. There are two ways of linking documents currently:

  1. You can use the “References” pane in the inspector. This is useful if you have a link that refers to the whole document. Just drag a document from the binder or the Finder into the References table, and double-clicking on its icon will open it (or you can drag it to the editor header bar).

  2. You can create hyperlinks to other documents within Scrivener using Edit > Scrivener Link.

I hope that helps, but if not, let me know.

Thanks again and all the best,