Scrivener tip (Mac) – Project & Document Notes

Update, 15/1/18: Please note that in Scrivener 3 Project Notes have been moved to a folder in the Binder; Document Notes remain in the Inspector.

In a project of any length you’ll probably need to make notes along the way: things to look up or consider, little reminders, thoughts etc. Scrivener provides two ways to do this: Document Notes and Project Notes.

Both types of note are visible in the lower half of the Inspector pane. By default, when selecting an individual document in the Binder the Document Notes option is open, clearly distinguished by its yellow background – a bit like a sticky note, see? So if your note relates to this particular document, type it here. Great.

But things can get complicated. You might want to remember to do something when you Compile your project; there might be things you need to consider about your characters – but not just yet; you might have several things to research. As these relate to the project as a whole rather than the individual document, you may want to use the Project Notes option. However, as your project becomes increasingly complicated, your Project Notes are likely to become increasingly complicated, too. The answer is simple: break your general project notes down into relevant groups by creating separate virtual project notebooks.

To do this simply do the following:

  • Click on “Project Notes (General)” in the Inspector
  • From the drop-down list select “Manage Notes”
  • Click the + symbol to create a new notebook
  • Give your notebook a name
  • Type your notes in the right-hand pane

As if this wasn’t great enough, you can easily cycle through all of your notebooks by keying CMD–6. If you have multiple documents selected in the Binder, this will cycle only through Project Notes; if you have an individual document selected in the Binder, the cycle will also include document-specific notes.


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