Mastering Scrivener’s View Modes

Here’s a tutorial on Scrivener’s View Modes.

This training is provided by Literature & Latte, creators of Scrivener.

Transcript: Scrivener offers several different ways of viewing your work.

There are four view modes which can be accessed from the toolbar;

Single document mode, scrivenings mode, the corkboard, and the outliner.

These are displayed by and can be changed using this view mode selector in the toolbar.

You’re probably familiar with single document mode already.

When an individual file is selected in the binder, such as a text document, or an image, this mode simply displays it in the editor window.

The view mode component in the toolbar will display a single document icon.

When you select more than one document or a folder containing multiple documents, this shifts to scrivening’s mode, in which multiple documents are displayed as a continuous scroll, divided by a separator. 

A faint dashed line will appear in the editor to show you where one document rolls over into the next.

Using this mode, you can now view or edit multiple text documents as though they were a single document.  

The toolbar icon now looks like two pieces of paper representing a stack of documents.
The corkboard represented by the middle icon allows you to view multiple documents as index cards on a corkboard.

This can be either a selection of documents from the binder,  or if you choose a folder or a document with subdocuments, index cards for those subdocuments will appear. 

Each index card shows the title and synopsis for the document, or if no synopsis has been entered for this document, it will display a preview of the document text instead.

Note that if you are viewing a single document, it’s still possible to switch to corkboard mode, but the corkboard will appear blank until you select multiple documents or create sub-documents of the file you’re viewing.

The next icon opens the outliner, which like the corkboard, is another way of displaying groups of documents.

This time however they are displayed in rows with columns of additional information.
The document’s label and status appear here by default,  but other columns can be added depending on which data you want to view in the outliner.

When you’re viewing a document group you have the option of viewing it in single document mode, which will just show you the text of the top document, or toggling scrivening’s mode, which allows you to view the document and all its sub-documents as a continuous scroll.
The same thing applies if you have a folder which contains text at the folder level, as well as in the sub documents it contains.

In this case, you can toggle between these two view modes by selecting or deselecting the document stack icon.

We’ll cover the different view modes in more depth in other videos so look out for those if you want more information.

Thanks for watching,  and happy writing.