Asking Questions

Got questions? You can ask about the lesson topics, Scrivener issues you’re having with your own projects, or how to approach writing different types of content in Scrivener.

There are two ways to ask questions: lesson comments and the Facebook class page.

Lesson Comments

Adding a Comment

Each lesson page has a comment section at the bottom. Simply type your question in the box and click Post Comment.

posting comments

Adding an Image

Screenshots are a great way to show me exactly what you’re talking about or to show me how you have things set up in your own project. (If you don’t know how to take a screenshot, check out the “Capturing Screenshots” lesson.) To include a screenshot with your comment, click the Browse button and select an image file from your computer. File must be no larger than 128MB (if it is, you’ll get a weird error that I have no control over). If your file is larger than 128MB, you’ll need to resize it before attaching to your comment.

The image will display in the comment as a thumbnail.

TIP: Paint is good for adjusting file sizes. In File Explorer, right-click the image and choose Edit. The image opens in Paint (unless you have another photo tool assigned for that file type.) Select Resize. Use percentage or pixels to reduce the size. (For pixels, changing the longest side between 800-1200 pixels should do the trick.)

Viewing an Attachment

To view an image attached to a comment, click the image. The full-size image will appear in a new tab on your browser.

Subscribing to Comments

To be notified when I—or another student—comments on the lesson, select the “Subscribe to comments via email” checkbox before posting your comment. You can unsubscribe from future comments at any time.

Searching Comments

To search the existing comments for a topic, use Ctrl+F (works for most Windows browsers) to open a search bar the lesson page. Or you can scroll through the comments.

Facebook Group

For a more social alternative to lesson comments—or to ask more general Scrivener questions—there is also a private Facebook group where all enrolled students can ask questions (and post images). If you’re enrolled in the course and would like to join, click here and then click the Join Group button. An administrator will verify your enrollment and then add you to the group. (For faster approval, if your student name differs from your Facebook name, please send me an email with both names.)

8 thoughts on “Asking Questions”

  1. Gillian says:

    How do I pagninate? I have my chapters just going on and on. I need my pages to correspond to my Word document so I can see how much I have

    Also, how do I set the tab five spaces in. Right now my tabs are set ten spaces in. Thank you.

    1. Gwen says:

      Hi, Gillian. There’s no page view in Scrivener because how the pages fall would depend entirely on how you set things up to compile (export). It’s not a What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) layout like Word. To get a rough idea of what you have, you can use Project Statistics (Project–>Project Statistics). Adjust the settings on the Options tab to change the words per page. Otherwise, you’d have to compile periodically to see how you’re doing. Personally, I just use the rule of thumb of 250 words/page to get a rough estimate of where I am. So, 1000 words is about 4 pages.

      As for setting the indents and other formatting, I’m going to refer you to the Writing in the Editor section of this course. Once you’ve gone through that, if you have more questions, feel free to post them on the relevant lesson. 🙂

  2. Gillian says:

    Gwen, there are no page breaks on my screen. My novel is just one long page and it could go on for 50,000 words with me having no way at all to access any kind of pagination at all. Is there a way to make pages on Scrivener. At this point i am not concerned about how many words per page. Just that I have a page. Thanks

    1. Gwen says:

      Oh, absolutely, Gillian. If you want to divide your manuscript up into separate scenes or sections/chapters or whatever, you’d just create a new text document for each section as you’re ready to write it. (See the “Working with Documents and Folders” section for more.)

      If you’re importing existing work from another word processor, like Word, you can split the imported file into multiple shorter documents (again at scene or chapter breaks, as desired). You’ll find that in the section mentioned above too.

  3. Gillian says:

    I copied and pasted text here that was all across the page on my screen. when i pasted it here it was exactly the way i want it. so i can’t show you what the trouble is. I have my text all over the screen. i want it uniform with right and left margins. right now most of my text is on half of the page. i have one paragraph where it goes across the page like i want it to. i am looking everywhere to create margins and cant find anything. Thanks

    1. Gwen says:

      Gillian: You’ll need to take a screenshot to show me what you’re seeing on your screen, then you can attach it to your comment as outlined in the lesson above. If you don’t know how to take a screenshot, check out the “Capturing Screenshots” lesson (https://scrivenerclasses.com/lesson/capturing-screenshots-2/).

      Once I can see what you’re seeing, I can give you better advice on how to fix it. Thanks.

  4. Jan Mitchell says:

    Re Screenshots – click Browse button and select an image file. Where do find an image file? I really don’t understand what this means. Are there steps to take before this?

    1. Gwen says:

      Hi, Jan. Actually, there’s a lesson on Screenshots that tells you how to take a picture of what’s on your screen. So, the step you’re asking about would come after you’ve taken a screenshot. I’ll put a link to the screenshots lesson in this one to make it clear that it’s coming. Thanks!

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