If you use scrivener, maybe you’re crazy obsessed with labeling your files. Maybe you want to have a clearer visual when you think about your labeling. Maybe you WANT to be obsessed with labeling, but the hour long tutorial document made you impatient. Well, here’s the how to in terms of making the documents in your binder look a little more like you took a deadly highlighter to it:
1) so the above image is where i find it easiest to find my labels. there are a couple of other ways, but basically, you press that ‘i’ (for info!) up in the corner of your screen, and this sidebar pops up next to your current scene. this sidebar is probably my favorite part of scrivener. here you’ll find the index card/summary (what shows up in the corkboard view), your document notes, and that General Meta Data section in the middle.
General Meta Data gives you a few opinions. There you can alter whether this document appears in the final compile, whether a page break will appear. For the purposes of this mini-tutorial, though, you just need to look at the drop down menus that say Status and Labels. Status comes with defaults like ‘Finished’ and ‘First Draft’ and ‘To Edit’. That’s not color-coded. In the corkboard view, those labels show up as faded text across the index card if you use it.
What we’re looking at is Labels. The defaults are just character and location, or some such nonsense (not actual nonsense, but you know what I mean). As you can see, I tend to use Labels so I can visualize the balance of scene-types, but there are a million different ways you can use it. You could also use it to categorize by character, place, etc (there’s also the option of using Collections as well- Scrivener gives you a hundred ways of doing this.)
For now, click Edit Labels. A pop up screen will appear like this:
2) Here you make your own labels. Delete the pre-sets by using the minus in the lower left corner. Use the plus to make a label. A random color is assigned, but if you double click on the color swatch you can change it to whatever you want (red is always sex for me, for example, because duh). You can double-click the text to change to name of the label at any time as well. Hell, if you want, you can make the document call Labels something like ‘This Is Where the Labels Occur’ if you really wanted. customization is fun.
Okay so you press okay. You select a file or folder on the binder (left) side of your screen and use that drop down menu from your info pane (right side) to assign it a label. Now how do you make it highlighted in the binder?
3) View—> Use Label Color In —> Binder
But of course feel free to mess around with the other visual options. You may even find that you switch back and forth depending on how you’re viewing the whole manuscript!
I hope that helped!!! And I’m obsessed with this program, so if you have questions, feel free to ask!