Saving Highlighted Text in a document into a collection

I have a single text document that has several highlighted parts. Can I select all my highlights and save it as a collection? If not, is there some way in which I can create a group or a separate folder that ONLY shows me the document highlights?

I managed to resolve the above, and I’m posting the solution for interested readers. There is a Mac App called Popclip (PopClip for Mac) and they have a scrivener extension. Once you highlight a txt, select it and the. Click the extension and it is added to the project as a clipping. You can name the clipping whatever you want. The rest is easy, just move the clippings folder into the project and you can sell all your highlights as sub folders.

Is the original document in Scrivener already?

If it is, then you can just highlight the text, right click and choose ‘Append Selection to document>’ (which allows you to create a new target document, or add to an existing one).

If the document isn’t already in Scrivener, then you use Services to do the same thing, without needing a third party program like PopClick.

If you don’t see the Scrivener Services, then you may need to enable them first. You do this in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services.

Does this do what you want?


In addition to any of the above techniques, I would also point out the Edit ▸ Find ▸ Find by Formatting... tool, which can be set to walk through all highlights (or only highlights matching a specific colour). Learn the keyboard shortcuts for next and previous format matches, and could combine that with a service-oriented or append workflow rather efficiently.

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Using inline annotation instead of the Highlight function might also provide some useful options here (assuming one isn’t using annotation for other purposes already), and of course yields visual highlighting as well.

Yes, inline annotations are also good for another reason, there is a File ▸ Export ▸ Comments and Annotations command, that produces a file resulting in only such marked text. It’s not a collection of course, but you could import that back into the binder and reference your notes from there.

Yes, the original document is in Scrivener. And what you’ve suggested should work. Thanks a ton. Can you repost the first part of your reply without the screenshot, so that I can read the hidden part? (Under the heading ‘changing the color of comments’). And thanks for the second part as well, I have enabled services already, but it’s nice to be reminded that there is a way for documents that aren’t in Scrivener.

Which append workflow are you referring to, in case there is one available in keyboard maestro? I don’t know how to code, and if there is one readily available, could you direct me to it?

Glad it helped!

Can you repost the first part of your reply without the screenshot, so that I can read the hidden part? (Under the heading ‘changing the color of comments’).

Sorry, I don’t understand. Which hidden part? None of my post is hidden (or at least I can see it all).

Or do you mean, the document from which I’ve taken the screenshot? That’s just a random document I had open in the Scrivener Tutorial, which you can open from the Help menu. The document is titled: Comments & Footnotes, if you want to read it, but it doesn’t really add anything relevant to our discussion, I think.


Keyboard Maestro is a great utility, one of the nice things about it in fact is that you don’t have to know how to code. You can build macros using simple building blocks, like “move the mouse here in this window and click”, or “type in this and then fire off this menu command”.

If you’ve ever messed with Apple’s Automator it’s a lot like that—only you can actually do useful things with it. :wink:

Got it. I thought there was a help article somewhere with he tittle shown which is ‘changing the color of comments’. Anyway, you clarified that. Thanks

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