Wanting to change template midstream

Hi All,

I’ve just started using Scrivener, have imported my work in progress into it, and am very happy with it.

However, having done this, I realise I should have used the novel template that includes parts, instead of the non-parts version. Is there any way to tinker with it to allow that capacity?

Thanks in advance!


Margaret (Monocotyledon)

Hello Margaret,
The templates only save a little time and contain some useful advice. Your project can be customized however you want it, which is the beauty of this software. If you want parts, like the Novel with parts template, just select your title page and then click on the small arrow to the right of the big green button ( this adds blank folders or documents). On the menu click add folder. This will add a folder at the same level. Then rename this to part, or give it any name for your novel part. Now drag your chapters onto it, or use the keyboard shortcuts, to put the chapters into the correct part. The keyboard shortcuts are more positive ( Ctrl and cursor arrows /see help section). Hope this makes sense and helps. Good luck.

Thanks so much. Worked a treat!



One thing to note, is that when you go to compile, it won’t format the parts folders differently from the chapter folders. For some reason, there’s no “Novel with Parts” compile preset available, but there’s a way to make it available to you so that you don’t have to do a lot of tweaking to the compile dialogue.

Create a new project from templates, choosing the Novel with Parts version, and call it “deleteme”. Then choose File->Compile from the menu of the new project. Expand the compile dialogue with the blue arrow button, if it’s not already expanded, and choose the button in the lower left quadrant of the window labeled “Save Preset…” Then save it as “Novel with Parts” or something similar.

You can now close that project, and then drag the entire project folder for “deleteme” to the recycle bin… it’s no longer needed.

From now on, you’ll be able to choose “Novel with Parts” form the Format As: drop-down list as a starting point in customizing your compile to suit your needs.

Thank you, Robert. Done!