I would like to know if there is a way for the SEARCH option (using a keyword that brings up many, many documents) to bring me directly to the place within each document that the search term is located? I am thinking along the lines of FIND in MS Word.

Thank you,

Scrivener has both types of search tools, actually. If you press Cmd-F it will bring up the instance by instance search tool. The toolbar search at the top is totally different. That’s, as you point out, more like searching for e-mails that contain a particular phrase. Once you get a list of said e-mails, you use the normal Cmd-F find tool to step through hits. We’ve made that stage just a bit easier for you. When you use the toolbar search, what you type in there gets loaded into the Find tool automatically. So in fact you don’t even have to open it at all. You can just use the standard Cmd-G shortcut to jump to the next hit.

I’m not sure if this will work for what you describe, specifically however. If you are performing a keyword search, wouldn’t the matching thing be in the keywords list in the sidebar? I don’t know, I guess that depends on how you use it. If you use keywords for words that already appear in the document itself, I guess that would work.

Hi Amber,
Thank you for the help. I will try what you have described. I may have my view set up in a way that does not show me the side bar you speak of, but in my side bar I get a list of documents that contain the key words. I am writing today, so I am sure I will need to search. I will try the command G.

Also, what is the key stroke for the pointed up caret?

Thank you!!

Hi Kimberly-R

Do you have the Keyboard and Character Viewer enabled in your Menu Bar? If not, go to System Preferences > Language & Text and click on the Input Sources option. Then tick ‘Keyboard & Character Viewer’ and also ‘Show Input Menu In Menu Bar’. Once you’ve set that up, you’ll be able to see and copy any character you require with just a couple of keystrokes. If the caret you’re asking about is the chevron type used as an indicator for text insertion, ie: ‘∧’, then the LOGICAL AND symbol found in the Maths Symbols section might meet your needs.
Hope this helps.

I think we might be using the same terms for different things. When I’m thinking of Keywords, I am thinking of the specific feature in Scrivener that lets you attach keywords (some people call them tags) to documents. Naturally, these are most often useful if the word itself does not appear in the document at all, otherwise you could just let it stand at that since a search would turn it up. Example: using a keyword to identify a sub-plot in a novel. The name of the sub-plot is known to you and useful to you, but is likely not going to be typed into the narrative where the reader can see it. In that case Keywords are useful. Is this what you mean? Because if so, all of those stored in the Inspector to the right of the document (click the blue ‘i’ button in the toolbar, and then the key icon button at the bottom of this panel that pops up).

But otherwise, if you are just looking to find text in the manuscript itself, Cmd-G is your ticket. Cmd-G won’t find keyword entries in the Inspector—but again it doesn’t really need to since it is rare that there would be more keywords assigned to a document than space to show them.