UPDATE: For the Scrivener 2.x templates post, click here.
If you've been working in Scrivener for a while, you probably have it set up exactly the way you like it. You've modified the labels, opened the Inspector, created your own extra folders and files for things like unused scenes, research, productivity tracking, character sketches, and saved searches. Maybe you like to have twenty chapter folders all formatted correctly, ready and waiting to fill.
However you like to set it up, you'd probably prefer not to have to do it again every time you start a new project. As always, there's a fix for that. Scrivener allows you to save templates. If you use Scrivener to write both novels and screenplays, you can create a template for each.
To get started, you can open a new project and set it up, or take an existing project that's set up the way you like it, make a copy in Finder, and then open it in Scrivener. If you use an existing one, strip out everything that's specific to the existing project (labels, text documents, research documents, etc.) and then save it.
Once you have your blank shell you're ready to proceed.
- From the File menu, choose Save As Template…
- Enter the Template Name and a Description
Now, you're ready to create a new project using your template.
- From the File menu, choose New Project (or choose New Project next time you open Scrivener)
- Select the template you want to use and click Next.
– Note: The Templates… drop down box at the bottom will allow you to import templates from other people, export your templates to share with others, delete existing templates, and choose to make the selected template the default.
- Enter your Project Name and you're done.
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