Getting Familiar with the Scrivener 3 Screen

Scrivener Has a Different Word for Everything

Just to make sure we’re all using the same terminology, let’s review each part of the Scrivener 3 interface.

Viewing the Inspector

If your project is only split into two sections (as shown below), click the circular blue button with an “i” in it to view the Inspector.

Inspector 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 I ask you to click on the File menu—or I might say 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, the main elements of Scrivener. Your project window is split into three panes. The far left pane is the Binder, the center is the Editor, and the far right is the Inspector.

Scrivener 3 Interface annotated

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

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