Friday’s With Scrivener 3 – The Basics 

Are You New to Scrivener? 

This series on the Basics of Scrivener 3.0 for Macintosh covers everything you need to know to start using the software. You should read the blog posts in this series in order. Once you’ve completed looking at them,  you’ll know what you need to know to create your own projects and use Scrivener efficiently. I will be posting a new article every other Friday

Some Tips Before You Begin

Tip # 1 – Don’t Let Scrivener Scare or Overwhelm You

Scrivener contains many powerful tools. You don’t have to use (or even know about) them all. Just use what’s useful to you and don’t worry about the rest. Once you know the basics of Scrivener, you can look into other features when you feel you need them.  You can go to Scrivener > About Scrivener to check your Scrivener version. It is found on the lower left corner of the Scrivener applet. 

Tip # 2 – Make Sure You Can Read the Text 

If the text is a little small for your liking, change the text zoom by going to View > Zoom or using the percentage button below the text. 

Tip # 3 – Turning on the Toolbar Titles Helps

You might find it helpful to turn on toolbar titles while going through the Scrivener tutorial. To do so, Ctrl-click anywhere on the toolbar (the band of icons at the very top of the window) and select “Icon and Text” from the menu that appears.  

Tip # 4 – How to Reset Scrivener to the Default Preferences

Maybe you were like me and tried to use Scrivener without reading the help files or tutorial. Maybe you clicked on this, adjusted that and changed some of the settings. My blog posts, as well as the Scrivener tutorial, assume that you are using the default preferences. If you’ve changed them the instructions won’t always work. You need to change them back to default. Here’s how to do that. You can reset them to the defaults by clicking on the “Defaults” button in the Preferences pane, available under Scrivener > Preferences…

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