So, what's going to be the best way for you to learn Scrivener for Windows?

Are you new to Scrivener, you don’t know where to begin, you don’t want to waste your time, and you want to get it right from the start? Well learning Scrivener properly is probably the single most rewarding and effective way to go about it.

Start by learning all the features that you really need to manage a writing project and once you are confident, move on to all the extra features that make Scrivener such fun to work with.

Scrivener is not nearly as difficult and overwhelming as you may have been lead to believe. Just take it one step at a time. You can learn the basics right here on my blog for FREE in a couple of hours or you can enroll in a video course and learn even faster.

First of all, download some of my free cheat sheets to accelerate your learning

These highly detailed cheat sheets cover:


• The regions of the user interface and what they do  

• What tools are available and what they do  

• What compile setting to choose to get the correct format for your book

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Learn Scrivener Basics for FREE

If you only want to learn the basics check out my Quick Start series of blog posts with plenty of images showing exactly where features are and which buttons to press. I have arranged them into a handy table of contents for you so that you can access them in the best order for learning.

Although I demonstrate using Scrivener 3 nearly everything applies to previous versions of Scrivener as well.

But the easiest way to learn Scrivener is to take a video course

You know that if you try to learn the ins and outs of Scrivener on your own it's going to take a while and you might miss out on fantastic features you didn't even know you needed till you see them in action. Once you know them you will wonder how you ever managed without them.

The information and techniques I demonstrate in these videos can save you hundreds of dollars worth of wasted time if you’re using Scrivener for the business of writing books, or a whole lot of banging your head against the wall if you’re using it primarily for pleasure.

I like to keep my courses cheap because I can, but don't let the prices fool you. My passion is teaching software so I put my best work in to these courses, taking great care to make sure that each video is clear and concise. I introduce you to one function at a time and show you exactly how to use it to the fullest, making it as easy as possible for you to learn Scrivener.

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What you will learn in my full Scrivener courses:

Don't become overwhelmed by all the features. Nobody ever needs to learn all of them. A novelist will need a completely different set of features than a playwright, or a lawyer using Scrivener only as a content management system.

If you enroll in a video course you can binge watch the course to see what features suit your kind of writing and then go back and learn only the features you want.

Setting up Your Project

  • Opening a New Project
  • Menus + Customizing Your Toolbars
  • An Overview of the User Interface and View Modes
  • Setting Your Font Style
  • Setting Your Language and Spelling

How the Binder Works

  • Creating and Arranging Files and Folders
  • The Default Folders in the Binder
  • Changing Files, Folders, Icons and other visual clues
  • How to Import Documents and Research Material Into Your Scrivener Project
  • Doing a Basic Search

How the Editor Works

  • Single Document and Scrivenings Mode
  • Freewriting
  • Distraction Free Compose Mode
  • How the Cork Board Works
  • How the List Style Outliner View Works
  • Splitting the Editor to View Two Documents at the Same Time
  • Quick Reference Panels

Inspector Menu Functions

  • Bookmarks (Coming soon In Scrivener 3)
  • Meta-Data
  • Snapshots
  • Comments & Footnotes
  • Label & Status

Compiling for Export (Basic)

  • The Front and Back Matter Folders
  • An Overview of the Compile Menu
  • Compiling a Manuscript, a Paperback or an Ebook
  • Compiling Enumerated or Indented Outlines
  • How to Preview Your eBook Before Publishing
  • Applying the Correct Spacers to Your Book
  • Customizing Your Page Size and Other Page Settings

Custom Format Presets

This menu will only be needed when Scrivener releases Scrivener 3 for Windows and if you decide to upgrade to Scrivener 3.

Exploring Further

  • Arrange Your Documents by Label (Scriv 3)
  • Import From MS Word Automatically Split into Sections
  • Splitting A Document into Sections Manually
  • Importing From a Mind Map Application
  • Transferring Text Between Binder Documents (Scriv 3)
  • Applying Formatting Styles to Your Documents

Exploring Further

  • Adding Links to Your Documents
  • Setting Project Word Count Targets
  • All the Search Tools
  • Collections
  • Linguistic Focus (Scriv 3)
  • Word Frequency Checker
  • Character Name Generator
  • Revision Mode
  • The Simple Way I do Most of My Revisions (Scriv 2)

Exploring Further

  • Scriptwriting Mode (Scriv 3)
  • Backing up and Synchronizing with Dropbox
  • Working With Sound and Transcripts.
  • Customizing The Appearance of the User Interface
  • Customizing The Appearance of Your Cork Board

Here's what some of my current students have to say about my courses:

I have pulled reviews in from so that you can see that they are genuine.

(Udemy reviews are about as reliable as Amazon's)

Patrick Reap

Scrivener 2 Course,  Udemy review

I highly recommend this course as the best nuts and bolts explanation of how to use Scrivener. All aspects of the program are covered from using Scrivener on a daily basis to the fun and cool ways you can customize Scrivener to express yourself and engage your writing workspace. Thank you Karen for one if the most outstanding courses on Udemy!

Troy Stuart

Scrivener 2 Course, Udemy review

The course gives a comprehensive overview of all the elements in Scrivener. I strongly recommend that a person watch all the videos - even the sections that you think you have already mastered or think are not relevant right now. There are so many nuggets packed in each video that it is useful to watch them all.

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