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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to change default font in Scrivener

I bought Scrivener last summer after I heard so many writers praise it for drafting and editing, but at the time, it seemed too daunting to learn, and I had a lot of deadlines to meet. Using Word was just easier, but I've decided to give it a shot again.

I've been playing around with it for months. And it IS a lot to learn. As a matter of fact, I've been trying to figure out how to change the default font and line spacing settings for eons. EONS. I honestly was ready to give up on using it, because I did not want to have to change the font every singe time I added a new scene.

So then I asked Twitter for help today, and Twitter, as usual, came to the rescue.

 had better luck than I did at Googling the info and she came up with this tutorial: http://kaitnolan.com/2012/05/07/how-to-change-the-editor-font-in-scrivener-for-windows/ 

Unfortunately, I think it's for an older version of Scrivener, because the steps didn't match what I had on the app. 

 helped too, by tweeting this: Tools -> Options -> Editor -> click blue "A" for fonts. 

So, I kinda sorta knew what I was looking for, thanks to these two lovely ladies, and the tutorial. And I finally found it! HALLELUJAH. So I took some quick screen grabs for anyone as frustrated as I was. I do think Scrivener is a valuable tool for writers, and I can't wait to finish drafting Altered 3 with it. 

Screen grabs below! 











37 comments:

  1. There is a public community for people who use Scrivener on Google Plus. We have over 800 members. Because this is a public community, you can read the posts and comments even if you do not choose to join us.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109597039874015233580

    By the way, The article which you wrote, to which this comment is attached, is for the Mac OSX version of Scrivener. The Windows version is different than this.

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  2. Unfortunately this does not affect the templates. If I start a new project from a templates, e.g., fiction with parts, I'm dumped back into the hideous Times font. And not only that, my preferences for font in the Formatting settings are there, saved! But every new chapter in this new project gets Times, and I see no way to apply my own defaults.

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    1. I have to amend my comment. The problem was not that the template wasn't seeing my defaults. It was that Scrivener does not see all of my fonts. A very large percentage of fonts in my font selector get applied in Scrivener as Times! Why, I have no idea. But at least now I know what limitation to work around.

      Sorry for posting 2 comments many moons after your post. You were near the top of my Google results. ;) Thx!

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    2. No worries! Glad you figured it out. :-) Frustrating trying to use software when you can't get it to do what you want!

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  3. I found some good info for windows users here: http://kaitnolan.com/2012/05/07/how-to-change-the-editor-font-in-scrivener-for-windows/

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  4. Thank you! If I had to change it in every scene or look at Courier all the time, I was going to lose my mind.

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    1. I KNOW! I was losing my mind! So glad this helped. :-)

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  5. Thank You for explaining that! I just bought Scrivener and that particular tick of opening every window with the wrong font, was driving me nuts.

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    1. It drove me nuts, too, Betty! Glad to help. :-)

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  6. You're a lifesaver, Jenn! Thank you!

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  7. Seriously Fabulous! I have been reformatting on the fly, and it was a real annoyance - and I couldn't find anything in the help menu. Now I've reset the font and spacing, and just reformatted my whole document to the default font by using Document > Convert > Convert Formatting (in Mac)

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  8. YAbookqueen's suggestion worked for me!

    Thank you both!!

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  9. Thanks for this post, exactly what I was looking for.
    I started using scrivener today and was glad to find this site.

    All the best.

    Mark

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  10. Thank you! Your quick reference guide was just what I needed!

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  11. Thank you Jennifer - was having the same problem myself!

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  12. This post just solved a huge problem that was making me want to quit using Scrivener.

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  14. Thank you so much! I was pulling my hair out.

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  15. Thank you!!!
    I'd done it once before and couldn't remember how!

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  16. Had the same problem as you. Thanks for posting this.

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  17. Thanks! I've been trying to change that for ages!

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  18. Okay, so I have the default set to Times New Roman, and the size to 12 point. But how do I keep size at 12 and enlarge the view on the screen?

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  19. Got as far as Preferences > Formatting and couldn't figure out where the font was - your screenshots helped - Thank you!!!

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  20. Wow, this is cryptic and why the hell can't they just make a button. I think this program tries to do too much and NO, we'll never get an IOS app, the developer flew the coop no wonder with all the crazy code this program is probably built on :) Pity as this is a great program but you can see how it's built on years and years of code that's probably needs to be all trashed and rewritten from scratch.

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  21. Thanks for the help. The reply you got from YABookQueen was actually for the Windows version of Scrivener, not a past version.

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