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Scrivener 3 for Windows Fundamentals course is now live!

If you’ve upgraded to Scrivener 3 for Windows—or want to—you might be happy to know that my Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Windows course is now available.

This $39 class provides the essential functions and features of Scrivener 3 that you need to get started writing. Valuable for plotters, pantsers/discovery writers, fiction and nonfiction, long or short stories, blogging, or whatever else you're writing.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • create and setup a project that works for your writing style or type of project.
  • rename and rearrange chapters, scenes, sections of your manuscript.
  • work with the Corkboard to plot or preview your manuscript's structure.
  • find anything in your project.
  • backup your work and find/use a project backup.
  • compile to a Word document.
  • find help when you need it.

Includes:

  • 47 quick, step-by-step lessons
  • 12 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (via lesson comments)
  • progress chart to keep you on track

The first few lessons are free, so you can try before you buy. Click the button below to check out Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Windows.

Mac user? I have courses for you too! Check out all my online classes for Mac and Windows at ScrivenerClasses.com.

FREE mini-course for Scrivener 3 for Windows

To celebrate the arrival of Scrivener 3 for Windows, I’ve created a free mini-course to help you transition from Scrivener 1 that covers the highlights of what’s moved, what’s changed, and what’s new.

In addition, I’ll be rolling out new Scrivener 3 for Windows courses over the next couple months.

Until then, come learn about some of the great new features, like:

  • Image placeholder tags
  • Freeform corkboard
  • Project target deadlines
  • Searchable snapshots
  • Quick Search
  • And more!

Click the button below to check out Jump Into Scrivener 3 for Windows: A Mini-Course for Scrivener 1 Users.

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Mac user? I have courses for you too! Head on over to ScrivenerClasses.com and take a look.

Scrivener 3 for Windows has arrived!

Scrivener 3 for Windows released today! It looks great, and suddenly all my blog posts from the last three years are more relevant to everyone, lol. 😉

The update is not just good news for Windows users, but also those who’ve been working between Mac and OS, or Windows and iOS, because your files are compatible on both systems again.

If you purchased Scrivener 1 for Windows after November 20, 2017, then the upgrade is free. If you purchased it on or before that date, it’s half price.

If you’re ready to upgrade (Windows 7 SP1+ with .NET Framework 4.6.2+ required), here’s a quick overview of how it’s done.

  1. Go to https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/download and click the Download button under the Windows x64 heading.

2. Once it’s finished downloading, you can choose to Run the installer from your browser, or double-click the Scrivener-installer file in the Downloads folder on your hard drive.

3. Once Scrivener opens, you’ll be prompted to Buy Now. If you already have Scrivener, you want to ensure you get your discount, so click the “Upgrade from an older version” link.

4. You’ll be prompted to enter the email you used when you registered the old version, and the license code you received when you bought the old version. NOTE: If you can’t find the license, go to Literature & Latte’s “Lost License Recovery” page.

5. Once you've entered the requested info, click Check for Discount.

6. If Scrivener informs you that you’re eligible for a discount, click Get Coupon. (I believe this step is necessary because they changed licensing providers a few years back.)

7. The coupon code will appear. Copy it, just in case, but it should be automatically entered at the retail site when you click Buy Now.

8. Enter your payment information. Within a few minutes, your Scrivener version should be activated. You’ll receive an email with the license number, which you should keep in a safe place in case you ever need to reactivate your software, or for when you install it on another computer in your household. 

I’ll have news on updated courses soon. Until then, you can always find help on my Scrivener Articles page.

Are you excited?

20% off Scrivener classes with coupon

To celebrate Tech Tuesday—yes, it’s a thing (that I made up)—all of my Scrivener classes are 20% off through December 3rd with coupon code CT2018!

Want to love Scrivener but just can’t figure it out? Already love it but wish you were more comfortable with it? Or maybe compiling is your Achilles’ heel.

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Let me take you through Scrivener step by step. Every course lets you work at your own pace, and includes:

  • instant access when you're ready to start learning
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Cool features in Scrivener for Windows’ recent updates

mouse cord spelling out "update"Scrivener for Windows has had several updates in the last few months. Even if you bothered to skim through the list, here are a couple of cool changes that might have skipped your notice.

Highlighting Affected Documents in Compile (version 1.9.7, October 2016)

I’ve been waiting for this one to come to Windows for a long time because it makes understanding the Formatting tab in Compile so much easier (great for teaching too).

What happens is that when you select a row in the Formatting tab, the documents or folders affected by settings for that row are highlighted in the Binder. No more guessing if you made changes to the correct row.

NOTE: If you choose “As Is” for a document in the Contents tab, it is not affected by the settings in the Formatting tab even though it’s highlighted. Same for documents not selected for inclusion in the Contents tab. I’ll be surprised if they don’t fix this eventually, so keep an eye out.

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folders highlighted in compile

Support for Non-printing Characters in Project Replace (version 1.9.6, August 2016)

Need to get rid of extra paragraph returns or tabs in your project? Doing so in the Windows version used to not be so easy. Now, with support for non-printing characters, it’s a cinch. You can use keyboard shortcuts to enter the desired non-printing character when using Project Replace.

Check out this post for the full procedure.

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There’s more! Reading the change logs can make your eyes cross, but there are often gems in there. You might also find that a bug plaguing you was fixed. It’s worth a look.

The update to 1.9.7 is highly recommended as it purportedly fixes an issue “that could lead to the loss of text annotations during sync with iOS.” If you’re a couple of updates behind, no problem. You can skip straight to the latest version. Not sure if you're up to date? Go to Help—>Check For Updates.

Anything other recent changes you’re excited about?

Want more help with Scrivener? Sign up for an online class, read more Scrivener articles, or schedule a private training session. If you don't already have it, you can download Scrivener here.

Scrivener Updates

mouse cord spelling out "update"Both Scrivener for Mac and Scrivener for Windows received updates recently (to 2.7 and 1.9, respectively). You’ll notice some small changes in the interface—e.g. the Inspector buttons are now at the top of the Inspector for better visibility—and a few new options, but the biggest modifications seem to be under the hood.

New File Structure

In order to make them compatible with future mobile applications, the Scrivener project format has been updated. When you open a current project, you’ll be asked to convert it to the new format. A backup copy will be created in the same folder in case you have any issues. Updated projects—and those created with the new versions—will not open on older versions of Scrivener. They are still compatible between Mac and Windows as long as both computers have the latest software update.

New SCRIVX name (Windows)

Along with the new file structure, the project.scrivx file that resides within your project folder (<filename>.scriv) will now share the same name as the project folder, rather than the generic word “project.” For more on how the file system works for PCs, check out my post on Scrivener Basics.

New Tutorial

Both versions have an updated tutorial. I recommend the tutorial as a great way to get an overview of what Scrivener has to offer. Don’t feel like you have to remember everything you learn, just know that it’s there.

Have you updated yet? What’s cool? Any complaints?

For a detailed list of changes, visit to the Change List page for Mac or Windows. For more Scrivener help, check out Scrivener For Dummies, or my online courses.