Getting Familiar with the Scrivener 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 interface.

Before we do, I want to make sure all three parts of the Scrivener screen are showing. If your new 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 labeled

The very top row of your window—which contains words like File, Edit, View, 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 Interface labeled

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