Getting Familiar with the Scrivener 3 Screen

Scrivener Has a Different Word for Everything

If the Scrivener terminology sometimes feels like Greek to you—or, if you're Greek, maybe, um, Japanese—let's review each part of the Scrivener 3 interface and make sure we’re all speaking the same lingo.

We'll create a class project in a later session.

Viewing the Inspector

If your project is only split into two sections (as shown below)—typical when you create a project from the Blank template—you'll need to click the circular blue button with an “i” in it to view the Inspector.

New project window with I button annotated

Learning the Scrivener 3 Interface

The very top row of your window—which contains words like Scrivener, File, Edit, and so on—is the menu bar. So if the lesson tells you to click on the File menu—or something like “Go to File”—the menu bar is where you’ll find it.

The next row down filled with colorful icons/buttons is the toolbar.

The thin row just below the toolbar, which has font and other style options, is called the format bar.

Now, we'll look at the main elements of Scrivener. Since you clicked on the Inspector button, your project window is split into three sections. The far left pane is the Binder, the center is the Editor, and the far right is the Inspector.

annotated interface overview

Identifying Headers and Footers

If I refer to a header, that’s found at the top of the window or section I’m discussing. A footer runs along the bottom. The following image shows the header and footer in the Editor.

header and footer annotated on Editor

When the Editor is split, each pane has its own header and footer, as shown below.

split panes header and footer

We'll learn some more vocab later, but that should do for now.