The Split Screen feature in Scrivener is a simple, easy-to-use tool, but I have some friends out there who weren’t familiar with it. And it’s very useful.
Here are a few ways you might use it:
– View the end of the previous scene while working on the opening of the next one.
– Compare two versions of a scene, either in Snapshots, or if you saved the previous version in a separate document.
– Copy text from one scene or document to another.
– Refer to your research files or photos while you write.
– Look at your manuscript’s structure in the Corkboard or Outliner view in one pane, while you work on your scene in the other.
The easiest way to activate the Split Screen is by clicking the Split button in the upper right corner of the Editor window. You can also choose Layout from the View menu to select your preferred style.
Once you have your screen split the way you want it, the same document will be displayed in both panes. Click in the header or text area of the second Editor pane and select (in the Binder) the file you’d like to view in that pane. As mentioned earlier, you can choose another text document, a file from your Research section (text document [shown below], web page, photo), or even the Outliner or Corkboard.
In the Tech Tuesday post about Snapshots and Unused Scenes, I mentioned that by creating a copy of a text document before you make revisions (instead of taking a Snapshot), you could use the Split Screen feature to easily compare old and new versions of the file. Now you know how. 🙂