I love Scrivener. It’s my new favorite program. But it’s got a few things in it that irritate me and I figure I’d post them here and see if there’s workarounds, or if not, then maybe someone with Da Powah will take note.
First off, when I use Ctrl+A to highlight all and then click the left arrow button, I expect the cursor to go to the top of the selection. In Scrivener, no matter if I go left, right, up or down, it always takes me to the bottom of the screen. I find that somewhat annoying, and I can’t tell if it’s a bug or a setting or what.
I am rather fond of the meta-data, but I would really like a way to change the meta-data for more than one file at a time. I’ve tried clicking on multiple index cards from the corkboard, but when I try to change the meta-data it only changes it for the last one I clicked on. When I’ve got a lot of files, this is less than ideal. I think being able to make mass changes to file information would be highly useful.
The other thing that bugs me, and this is a bigger issue, is the default copy-paste. I can’t alter the actual dimensions of the paper. If I copy-paste into Scrivener and the file I’m pasting from has weird page margins, be they shortened or organized into columns or whatever, Scrivener reflects that with giving me shortened versions of the text, and I can’t change it. Word will let me see the page rulers and change the margins, but I have no idea how to find the margin settings in Scrivener. Moreover, when I copy-paste, I want it to make all of my pastes a uniform font type, size, and keep it all to 1.0 spacing, no double-spacing for me. Ideally it would also retain the italic or bolded font, but this is rather advanced. Right now I’m copying work into Word or Notepad and then into Scrivener, and I’d appreciate being able to cut out the middleman by setting a default paste.
So, basically, when I put text into Scrivener, I don’t want it to have weird settings that interfere with my workflow. I want it to be pure free-flowing text, of a uniform font type, and I want to be able to change the page settings at will. I don’t know if this is just a setting that can be changed, but any workarounds would be appreciated.
Oh, and I forgot to mention. I was saving all my Scrivener files to my desktop, but then I made a Scrivener Projects folder and moved the files to that folder, whereupon Scrivener had a heart attack and didn’t understand that no, I hadn’t deleted the file, I had simply moved it. It wouldn’t save my work to the new location, instead it pitched a fit. I had to put them back, reopen the files, Save As, and put them in the folder I wanted them to be in from the program itself. It wasn’t too annoying - I don’t mind it when my programs have heart attacks as long as I don’t lose any work, and I didn’t - but it was rather silly.