How do you open an existing Scrivener project? There are three basic ways to accomplish this simple task. Laura Bergells shows you her favorite methods and explains why she uses all three.
- [Instructor] Let's explore four ways to open an existing Scrivener project. First, let's start by opening Scrivener. Like any other program, we'll start by double-clicking the application icon, and please note, I'm working on a beta version of Scrivener. A few things throughout this course may look slightly different than the version on your computer, but regardless of what the icon looks like, you'll want to double-click on it to open up your program. Upon opening Scrivener for the very first time, you will see a start panel. To open an existing file, let's click on Open an Existing File.
I'm going to navigate to my Exercise folder to open up Crisis.scriv, and you can always identify a Scrivener project because it ends with a .scriv extension. I will click on it and then click Open. You can also simply double-click on it. And voila. My Crisis project is now open, and now that we're in Scrivener, we also have a second way to open a project. Go to File in the menu bar and click on Open.
Before I do that though, I want you to notice that we've got a nice keyboard command here of command + o. If this was a Windows PC, it would be control + o. If that's your preferred way of opening a file, be sure to do that. I'm going to click on Open, and here you can see that I can also open up a Scrivener file. I'm going to cancel out of this and show you yet another way to open up a Scrivener file. I'm going to click on File, and then hover over Recent Projects.
Here we can see a list of projects that I've been working on recently. If I wanted to open up this one called Landon Hotels, I could simply click on it and that would open up that particular project. And lastly, I'm going to show you my own personal preference for opening files. You don't have to do it this way but I find it really handy. I will go into Scrivener and then select Preferences and what I do in general and in startup, I will click on Reopen projects that were open on quit. That way, I always skip the start menu and go directly to the last project that I was working on.
I like this preference because I find it helpful to jump-start my day by returning exactly to the place I left off. Until you get more comfortable with Scrivener, you might prefer seeing the start menu to review your options. I'm going to click out of this. To find out which method you prefer, try opening and closing the Scrivener project included in your exercise file.
- 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