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 Choose File 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: Previewer on the Mac is good for adjusting file sizes. In Finder, double-click the image to open it, then go to Tools—>Adjust Size and adjust the height or width. Changing the longest side between 800-1200 pixels should do the trick. You can see the new file size in the Resulting Size pane at the bottom.

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 Edit—>Find to search the lesson page. The search box usually opens in the upper right corner of the page, but may differ depending on your browser. 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.)

6 thoughts on “Asking Questions”

  1. Gil Gillenwater says:

    When I enter a word in “search in document” it just highlights the word in the document – it doesn’t take you to the word as it does in a WORD document. Is there a way to get Scrivener to take you to the word(s) you’re searching for?

    1. Gwen says:

      Hi, Gil. So you mean when you’re using the Project Search text box in the toolbar? That will display a list of documents that have the search term in them, with the search term highlighted. There is a shortcut that will move you between the highlighted terms. Select a document from the list and click into the document text. Then use Command+G (same as Edit–>Find–>Find Next) to move between instances of the search term.

  2. Gil Gillenwater says:

    Hi Gwen –
    Yes, in Scrivener when I enter a word (in this case Hamid) in the top tool bar where it has the small magnifying glass and the word “search” below it – it will highlight that word Hamid but it won’t take me to it. I then have to scroll the entire document looking for the highlighted word “Hamid”. Once I find it it appears I can re-highlight it with the curser and then use the Command+G as you suggest and it will take me to the word through out the document with each successive Command+G. But it’s finding the initial highlighted word that seems very cumbersome. In a WORD document I can just enter the word “Hamid” and then hit Enter and it will take me to the word Hamid and each time I hit Enter thereafter it will take me to the next Hamid in the document.

    1. Gwen says:

      Gil: You don’t need to find the first highlighted word for Command+G to work, you just need to click inside the document. If you want to just search a single document instead of your entire project, you can select the document, click inside the text, then go to Edit–>Find–>Find. This will give you the Window that includes a Find Next button.

      Scrivener can’t quite do it the way Word does because each document in your Binder is literally a separate document on your hard drive, all stored within the Scrivener project which is really a folder (but invisible to you as a Mac user). So, some things have to work a bit differently.

  3. Gil Gillenwater says:

    Hey – I’m making progress here! So I just click on the document I’m looking in and use the Find- Find under Edit. Then it locates the word. And then to find the same word somewhere else in the document I can either hit “next” or Command+G. That’s working for me. Thank you! This will save a bunch of scrolling time.

    I’m trying to wade thru some of the elementary tutorials and then I’d like to do some one on one time with you. I have a feel for the capacity of this software and I’d like to utilize it.

    1. Gwen says:

      Okay, great, Gil! Glad that helped. 🙂

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