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Scrivener Basics | Different View Modes for Different Tasks in the Editor

There are several different ways that you can view your work in Scrivener

I’m slipping this concept in early because a lot of people get confused when they click on a folder in their Binder expecting to see a page that they can write on in their Editor and are sometimes presented with a corkboard instead. This makes perfect sense once you know about the different views.

Text-editing view mode:

When you have one document selected from the Binder and you are in normal Text-editing view mode you see the contents of just that document in the Editor and you can click inside it and edit it.

Corkboard view mode:

As soon as you select more than one document in the Binder, Corkboard Mode is automatically triggered. Here you will see index cards in the Editor that are virtually attached to the outside of each of your documents. You can write synopses on them and drag them around to re-arrange them into a different order. This could be your initial ideas at the plotting stage, scenes within a chapter or entire chapters.

Scrivenings view mode

If you still want to see your text in the Editor you can select Scrivenings Mode and your selected documents will stack in the Editor as a composite one below the other with horizontal dividers.

Group Mode tool

Notice that the Group Mode option in the Toolbar switches from Text-editing to Scrivenings Mode automatically whenever there is more than one document open.

You can toggle between Corkboard Mode and Scrivenings Mode using this Group Mode menu in the Toolbar, or you can switch to a third mode called Outlining Mode.

Outlining mode

Outlining Mode is a list style view in which you can see multiple levels of your documents at the same time. If you have set word count targets or other tags to define what stage a document is on, you can view them in the additional columns.

The word count targets you see in the image above are set by clicking on the target icon in the footer bar of the Editing window.

I will cover the other data that you can set in the Outliner View and the Corkboard View in more detail in their own posts. For now just bear in mind that you can attach them to your documents and see them all together at a glance in Outlining Mode.

For blog posts on how to use the different view modes:

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