How do you use footnotes and comments within Scrivener? What's the difference between an inline footnote and regular footnote? Laura Bergells shows you what each look like and how they work.
- [Instructor] Until I started using Scrivener, dealing with footnotes, comments, and annotations was something of a hassle, but Scrivener's Inspector panel, coupled with colorful inline annotations and borders, makes the process easier to manage. Let me quickly show you to display differences between comments, inline annotations, footnotes, and inline footnotes. First, make sure your Inspector is open, and we do that by clicking the eye to the upper right. Next, make sure that the last icon is selected.
This is your Comments & Footnotes area. Next, let's take a look at these four sentences. I'll insert a footnote, comment, or annotation, depending on the sentence. For a comment, I'll place my cursor at the end of the sentence. Next, I'll select Insert, and then Comment. Immediately, in the Inspector panel, we get a comment notation, and I can type in whatever I like here.
I can even get rid of my name and my timestamp if I wish. Next, let's look at inline annotation. Once again, I'll place my cursor at the end of the sentence. I'll click Insert, and then Inline Annotation. Oh wait, nothing happened. What's up with that? Well, let's start typing and see what happens. You'll see it in red text surrounded with a red border.
The annotation is not in the Inspector panel. It's within the document. Hence the term inline. Next, let's look at footnote. Once again, I'm going to click my cursor at the end of the sentence, click Insert, and then Footnote. We see immediately in the Inspector panel a Footnote area has opened up and I can type in anything I wish. So lastly, let's look at an inline footnote.
Maybe you can guess what's going to happen. I put my cursor at the end of the sentence, I'll select Insert, and this time select Inline Footnote. Once again, nothing happened. Once I start typing, we see my inline footnote. Well, that's how they all look on screen but how might each look when I go to print or compile my work? Let's sneak a quick look. I'll go to File, and then Print Current Document.
Next, I'll select on PDF and Open PDF in Preview. You can see how your comments and annotations display, and if I scroll down, you can see the footnote content I added for each. I'm going to hit Cancel and return to my document. Once you've added comments, annotations, and footnotes, you can edit them by double-clicking and typing. If you want to delete them, click on the X, and they are gone. To delete anything inline, you can simply back up over it.
- Navigating the interface
- Creating a new project
- Merging documents
- Keeping track of characters and locations
- Exploring writing tools
- Managing footnotes, comments, and annotations
- Reviewing project and text statistics
- Exporting files
- Compiling as an ebook using presets
- Tips for sharing your work