I can’t figure out how to get my text to type in black when I am adding text to my documents. At one point I wanted to figure out how to insert “edits” with a different color, but now that color (red) is stuck as the color that any text that I add to any document.
How do I re-set the main text color to black and where do I set a different color for editing notes?
Go to Format>Revision Mode and then select “None” to turn off the revision color.
I’m not quite sure what you mean for setting a color to edit notes. Do you want to set a color for document and project notes? That’s under Preferences:Appearances at the bottom, select Editor and then Notes Text. But I’m not sure that’s what you’re asking. (That will make the default color for the notes panels whatever you set it, rather than black; they’re rich text, though, so you can change the color while you’re typing and so on, just like in the Editor. Revision Mode doesn’t apply to the notes panes, though.)
First of all, Thank You for the help in re-setting the text color to black for regular typing.
As to the other question. I guess I haven’t really figured out yet the best way to make “notes” to myself when I am reading through what I have written. I was hoping that Scrivener had a way of making notes to myself within the text, such as “more narration here”, or “improve description”. The kind of notes that aren’t editing, but things I want to remember to do.
Would the comment tab at the top be my best option? Document notes relate to the whole document.
Is there an editing function that I am missing?
Thank you for your help!
Inspector comments or inline annotation are the best way there, I’d say, and which you use is up to you (obviously). Inline annotations have the advantage of being right there in your text, which I find really useful for certain notes-to-self that I want to see when I’m rereading as well as for trying and “deleting” different edits–instead of actually deleting a sentence when I’m revising, I can just select it and turn it into an annotation so it’s still there and I can still easily work with it as I futz around deciding what I want to say. Like the comments, you can easily strip the annotations when you compile or within the project by doing a Copy without Comments and Footnotes and just pasting over top of the original. You can change the color easily with the color palette (shift-cmd-C) so you can use different colors to mean different things if you like. Find by Formatting lets you go through the project and search for your annotations (by color, even, if you like).
Inspector comments are out of your way, since they’re in the Inspector, so it’s a little more work to jump your eyes from the text to the sidebar and back–could be good or bad, depending how you’re using the notes. Like the annotations, though, they’re still attached to specific text in your document. (Okay, that’s a lie–Inspector comments are actually attached as in they must have anchor text in the document. Inline annotations stand on their own and are not affected by your messing with the text around them. What I really mean to say here is that, unlike Document Notes, you can see comments and annotations in context with the text to which they apply, rather than having to view it as associated with the entire document generally.) You can use different colored notes to mean different things, although I don’t think there’s a keyboard shortcut for this so using the mouse per comment may slow you down (right-click on the comment in the Inspector and then choose the color). You can use different colored text, highlights, etc. in your comments as well.
Comments are then viewable stacked in the Inspector and act as bookmarks to selections of your text, so they’re easy to jump through that way–you can even load up multiple documents in a Scrivenings session and see all the comments in the Inspector and click through them. (This is where different colored notes might come in handy, since you could see at a glance, for example, all the red “rewrite” notes vs. the green “check definition” or purple “translate to Klingon” notes. If you had any of those.)
Playing around a little with the different options is probably the best way to figure out what works for you. I use both, depending what I’m doing, and I love both features.
Thank you. You have been a HUGE help.
I’ll play around with both methods as you suggested.