Cheat Sheet

Scrivener For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Scrivener For Dummies

By Gwen Hernandez

Scrivener is a powerful writing program that lets you write the way you work best, whether that’s in one long, linear document, or a scattering of out-of-order scenes that you eventually knit together. These articles give you a quick overview of the Scrivener interface, along with a list of handy keyboard shortcuts.

Examining the Scrivener Screen

The Scrivener screen has a few elements to it that might look different if you’re used to a traditional word processor’s screen. The major parts of the Scrivener interface (shown in this figure) include

  • Menu bar: A collection of menus containing all of the commands available in Scrivener.

  • Toolbar: The buttons on this bar are shortcuts for popular menu commands.

  • Binder button: Click this button to view the Binder.

  • Inspector button: Click this button to view the Inspector.

  • Binder: Displays a hierarchical list of all the files in your project.

  • Format bar: Contains shortcut buttons for common text and paragraph formatting commands.

  • Header bar: Displays the title of the active document and provides shortcuts to several document commands.

  • Inspector: Displays extra data about the active document.

  • Editor: Where you view, write, and edit the active document.

  • Footer bar: Provides additional information about the selected document, as well as shortcuts to several menu commands.


Using Scrivener Interface Keyboard Shortcuts

Keep your hands on the keyboard with these Scrivener keyboard shortcuts, all of which allow you to navigate the interface and access helpful project commands.

Scrivener Interface Controls
Command Mac Shortcut Windows Shortcut
Enter Composition Mode (Full Screen in Windows) Option+Command key+F F11
Scrivenings Mode/ Document View Command key+1 Ctrl+1
Corkboard View Command key+2 Ctrl+2
Outline View Command key+3 Ctrl+3
Script Mode – Screenplay Command key+8 Ctrl+4
Typewriter Scrolling Control+Command key+T Windows+Control+T
Show/Hide Binder Option+Command key+B Ctrl+Shift+B
Show/Hide Inspector Option+Command key+I Ctrl+Shift+I
Preferences/Options Command key+, (comma) F12
Show Project Keywords Shift+Option+Command key+H Ctrl+Shift+O
Meta-Data Settings Option+Command key+, (comma) Ctrl+Shift+M
Show Project Targets Shift+Command key+T Ctrl+, (comma)
Project Statistics Shift+Option+Command key+S Ctrl+. (period)
Text Statistics Shift+Command key+T Ctrl+/ (slash)
Save Command key+S Ctrl+S
Compile Option+Command key+E Ctrl+Shift+E

Working with Files Using Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts in this table give you quick access to some of Scrivener’s most helpful functions for working with files. Press these button combinations to make file changes, instead of clicking buttons on the toolbar or choosing options from the Scrivener menus.

Scrivener File Controls
Command Mac Shortcut Windows Shortcut
Add a Text Document Command key+N Ctrl+N
Add a Folder Option+Command key+N Ctrl+Shift+N
Import Files Shift+Command key+I Ctrl+Shift+J
Export Files Shift+Command key+E Ctrl+Shift+X
Take Snapshot Command key+5 Ctrl+5
Take Snapshot with Title Shift+Command key+5 Ctrl+Shift+5
Merge Shift+Command key+M Ctrl+M
Split at Selection Command key+K Ctrl+K
Split with Selection as Title Option+Command key+K Ctrl+Shift+K

Using Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Formatting and Editing

Work quickly when formatting or editing your documents in Scrivener by using the keyboard shortcuts in this table. Want to make some text bold without using the toolbar? Need to find something in the document? These shortcuts can get it done.

Scrivener Editing Controls
Command Mac Shortcut Windows Shortcut
Bold Command key+B Ctrl+B
Italic Command key+I Ctrl+I
Underline Command key+U Ctrl+U
Cut Command key+X Ctrl+X
Copy Command key+C Ctrl+C
Paste Command key+V Ctrl+V
Paste & Match Style Shift+Option+Command key+V Ctrl+Shift+V
Comment Shift+Command key+8 (not available)
Inline annotation Shift+Command key+A Ctrl+Shift+A
Footnote Option+Command key+8 (not available)
Inline Footnote Shift+Command key+F Ctrl+Shift+F
Document Find Command key+F Ctrl+F