How To Change The Default Font In Scrivener For Windows

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I have used Scrivener for over five years. I own Scrivener for Mac and Scrivener for Windows. I love Scrivener. I’m a twenty plus year  IT professional. Scrivener has been a challenge to learn. I have attended several online and courses at writer’s conferences in my quest to master the software.Scrivener’s has many awesome features.  One thing about I hate about it is the default font is Courier New.  I despise Courier New.  For years I dutifully changed each new document to Times New Roman 12 being unable to figure out how to change the default font. The leaders of the conferences I attended had no idea how to change the default. I read the Scrivener manual and online help. The solution eluded me.

I finally figured it out.

Yeah me! I don’t give up. I finally figured it out and how to change all my existing documents to my default font in one magical moment. Woohoo!

So, I wrote a little help or knowledge base article. The title (drum roll please) …

How To Change The Default Font

This is not obvious. From the Scrivener Toolbar go to Tools.

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Next, you click on Tools and select Options

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When you select Options then select Editor. Then you have to select Font. It is the letter A below that I have circled in red. My goodness, what a hard thing to find.

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That will get you to this window.  Now see that little random italicized A?  Yeah, that’s the button.  That’s what they use as their symbol for FONT.  It is not like any other software. So click the button.  That takes you here. Pick your preferred font. This will only affect new work going forward.

If you want to change the default on existing work you need to select all the chapter and scenes you want to change and then go here.

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That takes you to this window. Now you decide what you want to change.

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In my case, I just converted everything. It is my understanding that if you run this feature on existing scenes (or other documents), it will keep font size, alignment, tabs and indents, spacing BUT NOT ANY ITALICS OR OTHER FONT FORMATTING.  So use on existing stuff at your peril.

This event, this is how you change the default font and I call it”How To Change The Default Font In Scrivener For Windows.”  Use at your own risk. Make a backup before you start in case you don’t get what you want. I am sharing my experience and make no guarantees that it will give you what you want. I worked for me.

Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.

11 thoughts on “How To Change The Default Font In Scrivener For Windows”

  1. I just tested this against two documents that had italics in them and it preserved the italics. I chose “Convert font only”.

    1. I also found the learning curve steep. I use both the Windows and the Mac versions. The versions are so different and the Mac has many additional features. I plan on adding from time to time more shorter how-to articles on us Scrivener.

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