What good is the Scrivener scratchpad? How do you use it? Laura Bergells shows you how to capture and organize research information you might find useful as you work on your long document.
- [Instructor] You can use the Scratchpad to capture any ideas and research you may have as you work on a long document. Let's see how Scratchpad works. Let's open up Scrivener's Scratchpad. Click Window, then near the bottom, select Show Scratchpad. You'll see the Scrivener Scratchpad window pop right up. Now let's say you get the idea that you want to browse the internet, and this happens to me all the time. Maybe I feel like I've earned a little social media break or maybe I need to do some research.
Who knows? So I'll open up my web browser and in this case it's Chrome. I find myself at a website, and I think to myself, "Hmm. Well, that's a useful piece of text. "I might want to keep that handy as I write," and notice that Scratchpad window. It is still floating above the website. That's right. As long as you have Scratchpad open, it will be available for you to use in any other program that you might be using, Chrome, Word, PowerPoint. Your Scrivener Scratchpad can be available to you no matter which program you're using.
In this example, let's say I want to capture a bit of text from this website and put it in my research file. So I will grab the text that I want to select, right-click, select Copy, and paste it into my Scratchpad, and there's the text I took from the website. I can simply keep it there as a note to myself but I can do something even more powerful with it. I can send any Scratchpad note directly to my Scrivener document.
I'll click on Send File to Project and then select my open project file. I can choose to append the text of my Scratchpad note to an existing document, or I can import the entire note as a sub-document. I'm going to select that option, and then I'm going to import my entire note into my research file. When I go back to Scrivener and my research file, I will see that my Scratchpad note will be at the very bottom, and there it is, Note to Self.
I use Scrivener's Scratchpad to send ideas to my research folder to keep it handy as I write, and if I don't want to use the Scratchpad, I can click this, and close it. Scratchpad can do more than take notes while you're writing. It can also help you keep your notes organized throughout the writing process. Take some time to explore the note-taking and organizing power that is the Scrivener Scratchpad.
- 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
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