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Scrivener 3: Mastering the Scratchpad

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is the Scrivener Scratchpad?

    • 3. What Can You Use the Scratchpad For

    • 4. Adding Items to the Scratchpad

    • 5. Adding Screen Captures to the Scratchpad

    • 6. Sending to Scrivener As New Items

    • 7. Sending to Scrivener Appending

    • 8. Deleting Scratchpad Items

    • 9. Customizing Your Scratchpad

    • 10. Backing Up Your Scratchpad Content

    • 11. Dropbox - Your Scratchpad Synchronized

    • 12. Resetting Your Scratchpad

    • 13. Class Project

    • 14. Wrap Up

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About This Class

Scrivener has a hidden gem of a feature called the Scrivener Scratchpad. The Scratchpad is a magic window you can summon with a simple keystroke and use to capture anything. That "anything" can include your thoughts, information from your browser, images or just that crazy idea for a future project you absolutely don't want to forget and it works even if you're not actually working in Scrivener at the time!

In this class you’ll learn how to master the Scratchpad, configuring Scrivener to do all the hard work for you.

You'll finally be able to stop worry about forgetting your random flashes of inspiration, capture them and get back to creating your content without missing a beat.

Here's exactly what you get:

A series of videos containing concise, straight to the point, instructions of how to use and best configure the Scrivener Scratchpad

Download of a Checklist file containing all steps detailed in this course to configure your own Scrivener Scratchpad

BONUS: Invitation to exclusive AMA sessions

As a class project, you’ll follow the downloadable checklist to configure your Scratchpad for maximum productivity to make working with Scrivener faster than ever before.

While this course assumes no prior detailed knowledge of Scrivener a passing familiarity with the interface and functionality of the app would be beneficial.

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Elaine Giles

Always learning & loving it!


Hello, I'm Elaine and I'm a technology consultant based in Manchester, UK.

My passion is technology and I love to share that passion via live training sessions, video demos and written tutorials. I have a YouTube Channel with many training videos for a whole range of applications including Scrivener, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Photoshop, Pixelmator, Acorn, Sketch and many more together with videos demonstrating the Microsoft Office applications, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. One of my passions is designing slides and many of those I have designed and presented can be seen on my SlideShare page.

I'm a Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute, a global membership body for learning professionals, having been granted Fellowship in 2003. I have worked with a numbe... See full profile

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1. Introduction: hello and welcome to this course dedicated to mastering the scratch pad in Scrivener. I'm Elena, longtime Scriven, a user and a trainer for even longer than that. I love scrivener, Andi. I use it for virtually everything that I create. Training manuals are a big part of what I do, and they're all created in scrivener. It's the same with tutorials and technical documentation and e books, but I asks Governor Toe handle much more esoteric tasks to, such as creating email newsletters and even creating the recording notes for the month bites Podcast. So what's the big deal with the scratch pat? The scratch part is a hidden gem of a feature. It's a magic window. You can someone with a simple keystroke and used to capture anything on that. Anything can include your thoughts, information from your browser images or just that crazy idea for a future project that you absolutely don't want to forget. It works even if you're not actually working in scrivener at the time. Think about that. You can someone up this scratch part of window, even if you're in your browser, your email client, or watching a YouTube video in this class you'll learn how to muster the scratch part, configuring scrivener to do all the hard work for you. You'll finally be able to stop worrying about forgetting your random flashes of inspiration . Capture them and get back to creating your content without missing a beat. The class project will be your chance to configure your own scrivener scratch pad for maximum productivity. And to make that easy, I've included a checklist view to follow its the one I use when I configure my installation of scrivener on a new Mac and it gets me up and running in minutes. I'm Elaine Jars, and I hope you enjoy the course. Do join now and I look forward to meeting you on the inside. 2. What is the Scrivener Scratchpad?: So what is this hidden gem of feature in scrivener? The scratch part is a simple tool for capturing notes from anywhere on your computer online . Virtually all of the other storage options in scrivener the scratch pattern, its contents is not tied to a specific Scriven a project. In fact, as we'll see in one of the later lessons, the scratch part content isn't even specific to a single computer. The scratch part floats above all of the windows, and that includes other applications, so you never have to hunt for it. If you have multiple monitors, the scratch pad convict positioned on any monitor you choose and you cannot, as many notes as you need to it. Each note has a title and then the contents associated with it. And it's not just text, either. You can add images content from Web pages. Screen captures pretty much anything you might need. The only caveat to using the scratch part is that scrivener must be running. It doesn't have to be active application, though Scriven, of running in the background, is sufficient for it to work as intended. That's what the scratch but actually isn't in. The next lesson will move on to see just what you can use the scratch part for 3. What Can You Use the Scratchpad For: there are as many uses for this criminal scratch parties that are scrutiny uses. For me, my usage falls into a few broad categories. Firstly, there's research. Although there is a dedicated research folder in Scrivener, Sometimes you just need the equivalent of a digital. Post it note to make a quick note. You don't want to break off from what you're doing. Navigate to another folder at a new scribbling, give it a title, and then finally add the information that you've probably forgotten by that point with the scratch part. Use a simple short cut key and you have a floating window. Awaiting your inspiration or you need to do is to type a note in a similar vein. The scratch pad is the perfect place to store any information you might need or want to refer to or references. You work so place names, character traits, plot points again. The exact examples will depend on the user. It's also the perfect place for any random information that you just don't want to take the time to file away right now, and using it in that way can really simplify your workflow. Another way that I use it is for frequently used information. Because I'm writing technical materials, I am constantly referring to shortcut keys on. I like to put those in both with the actual words on the symbols for the keys on. I keep those symbols in a note in my scratch part. In fact, the scratch pad works brilliantly well, as just a general inbox for anything you need to capture, irrespective of where you are and for you, How will you use it? Will it be plot ideas, character ideas? Or maybe just making yourself a note to buy milk on your way home? A. Whatever works. So there are just a few of the ways that I use the scratch pad. What will yours be? Do let me know. 4. Adding Items to the Scratchpad: initially. Of course, a scratch pad will have no content on the first step to rectifying that is accessing the scratch pad. You have three options for doing that. First of all, there's the short cut key of command shift and enter closing that down so I can show you the next one, which is from the menu window show. Scratch Part options one and three a. Universal. That's the short cut K and using the doc icon universal, meaning that you can use them to toggle the scratch pad window while working in other applications as longest. Griffin Aries Running in the background You're good to go now. The top half of scratch part contains a list of all the notes you currently have stored. Within it, the content is stored alphabetically by title. So let's go in here and change one of these. So I've got an image there off the final spirit. I change that to a final spirit. As soon as I press enter, it shoots off to the top of the list. Doing that's also shown us that as you click on the notes that you have, the content of the notes appears in the lower half of the window on the content that's in the lower half of the window is edit herbal. So going down to sites in Scrooges House. Well, it's always dark, so we'll put It's dark in there. So it's that simple toe edit existing content. But now we need to add new content. Now new notes compare created by clicking the plus button in the foot of our click in there and you get a new blank note, and then content can be added several ways. But before you get to the content, always good practice to name your note. So initially it's untitled note. I'm going to put plot idea and then clicking in the lower half of the window. Put in there my brilliant plot idea. Another way to add content is by copying and pasting. So I'm adding a second note and I'm calling that profile and then I'm going to bring up safari and I have my profile off my website, so I'm just going to go in there on selected Can London see to copy it, click in the lower half of the note we just created and paste it in 1/3 way to add content , so I'm going to get another new note is to truck and drop things, particularly images works really well, so we're better give this one my tax set up as a title. And I want a drug that image out of the browser and just drop it into my scratch part. You're not limited to a single image, so I'm moving down to the bottom, giving myself a little bit of spice. Oh, and that's what my desk used to look like. Let's not. Let's not dwell on that on drug thought in that so you can drag and drop images that those images don't have to come from a Web browser. They can actually come from local files on your system. You can also resize the scratch pad window that you might, as you are, extra content. Want a better view of it? I've made it quite large here because I'm recording my screen very small, but you can hover over the edges, so let me select it on a scale hover over the edges. You can stretch it so you could actually work with that full screen if you wanted to. So how's the edges works on all there just to remove the other side works over there. Andi, you make it a little bit smaller so I can get to the bottom edge. Drug it up there. Works from the Boston matches well also works from the corners. So there we go resized to whatever size you need. A scratch pad window also always stays on top. You'll say it's over the top of scrivener, but it's also over the top of safari and leaving it there. Click on Safari Safari doesn't come to the front Nordisk refiner Scriven. It goes over the top of safari, but not over the top of the scratch part. So to recap just how easy it is to add content first, activate scratch part second at a new note. Good practice would say to give that note a title. The last thing you need is your scratch part populated with hundreds of entitled notes, having given it a title just at the content as required. Now there's one type of content you might want to add to your scratch part that we've not covered yet on that is screenshots on. That's what we're going to cover in the next lesson, 5. Adding Screen Captures to the Scratchpad: If you were cross platform or you've switched from the Windows version of Scrivener, you might be wondering how to deal with Screenshots. The Windows version of the scratch pad has a dedicated button for adding screenshots, but the MIC version doesn't. This doesn't mean you can't do it, though. The trick is knowing how to do it and, more importantly, how to do it quickly. In Marco S. There are dedicated short cuts for taking screen, captures command shift and four takes a screen capture on by default saves it to the desktop. So let's do that. So command shift and four your mouth pointed changes to across her. On the numbers next to it are the pixel positions on your screen. So what you can now do is draw around whatever you want and take a screen capture off it, so I'll go for that monitor that just draw around it. As soon as you release that mouse button, the image that you've captured is placed on your desktop, and that's why I've moved everything here so we can actually see that appear on the desktop . On there is the capture that you've made. Now that's okay, but the first thing that time consuming is having to draw around exactly what you want. So, for instance, if we wanted to take a screenshot off the Styles panel, so open up the Styles panel, I'd have to be very careful to try and draw around that and only capture the pixels I want and not anything extraneous around the edges. For situations like that, there is another short cut K. It's still command shift on four. So I'm a press command shift in four. My mouse point has changed, but now I'm not doing anything else. I'm not making a selection yet. I'm just going to press the space bar. When I press the space bar, the mouse pointer turns into a camera. But as I move over from window to window there, highlighted in a blue color, which means when I click once, as I've just done, it captures just that window. I don't have to worry about being precise and taking a long time just after click once, and it's done. So far, so good. But that would still mean a multi step process. You'd have to activate the short cut and then take the screenshot track down the file and then drag and drop it to exactly where you need it, incites governor. That's far too long winded. So here's a trick. To speed that process up, you're going to need to add 1/3 modifier key to the combination. Now I know this is getting like playing a piano, but bear with me, it's worth it. The third key is the control key. So what we're now looking out is command shift control and four. Luckily, you can use your left hand for most of that. If you need to use your right hand for the four, you're good to go Now, instead of saving a file, this key combination will copy the capture to your mark clipboard. So let's go and select something different. Let's select half of our binder here and then release The difference. This time is no image on the desktop boats. If I go into the scratch part and at myself a new note, click in the bottom and paste. It will paste it straight in there. The same principle applies as last time in relation to the space bar, so I'm going Teoh, bring up my panels of my style's panel, which is hiding somewhere behind here. I'm sure there it is rights. I'll bring this across so we can see everything that we need to say. Which is the desktop? A scratch part on the Styles panel, from what I would like to do is out a copy of that into my scratch part. So putting in there what it is, which I didn't do last time. Naughty, naughty, right? So here is what I want. So I'm using that short cut key command shift control for that changes my mouse pointer, but now I'm no holding or pressing anything. At this point, I'm waving at the microphone, right? I want to press the space bar and again not holding anything or clicking anything right at this second, or to move around till I find what I want, which is the Stars panel on Click Once. No file is added to the desktop because it's put it on the clipboard but go into the scratch pad and commanding V to paste. And it pastes in just the dialog box that I captured one last quick thing. If you activate that, so I've just done it again. Command shift control and four and you change your mind. Just press escape and it would take you out of that mode. So that's how to replicate the screen capture functionality that the Windows version of Scrivener has built in. We can't be having about uses left out now come way. 6. Sending to Scrivener As New Items: collecting items in the scratch part is only the first step in the process of effectively using the scratch part. The next step is to use the content you've collected by either adding it to one of your scrivener files as new content or a pending it to the existing content in this lesson will concentrate on adding scratch pad notes as new content in an existing Scriven a file. So what I've got in the scratch part that you can see here is the last five scenes for a Christmas Carol within my Scriven a file. I have stay five, but there is no content in there yet. So to use the content within my Scriven a scratch pad, you need to select the note that you need now they are alphabetical, so they're not actually in the order that I need to add them into the file. So I happen to know that I need Scrooge awakes first. So just selecting it and then down to the lower right hand corner on click send to project . Now, if you have more than one Scriven a project open, you will see all of them listed here Here I only have the one file open. The next level down is where you make the choice between a pending text to existing scribblings or importing it as a new sub document. Now, here these elements I'm adding need to be new sub documents. So I'm going to import as a sub document off you. Then get another little fly out on what you're looking at. In here is the exact contents off your binder, plus your bookmarks at the top of that option there, it needs to go it within the manuscript. So as I move across, I go up to the manuscript and then it expands again and I can see the folders that I have within my manuscript. No, I'm putting this to stay five. These five scenes all belong in Stage five. So click on that and it's added that one. And just repeat this required that content has bean instantly added, I just have to add the rest to it. So the next one is the turkey. Same procedure send to project important sub document off. Go and find what I want in manuscript on Stave and it appears in the binder on the left on it really is just a case of keep repeating that. So I'm going t o to Fred's house. It's a document off and say, five. The next one is Bob's return toe work and again, sub document off money script five on the last one is keeping Christmas, and that's a all my scratch. But content is now where it should live in the binder. Now that's crash pad content can be added anywhere in your script in a binder hierarchy, not just the draft folder. Now the draft folder here is called Manuscript, but it's the same special folder, adding his new items creates additional documents or scribblings in your Scriven a file. Next time we'll cover adding new content to an existing structure within a Scriven a file. 7. Sending to Scrivener Appending: the alternative to adding scratch pad items. New items is to append the contents to existing items in the file structure, and that's what we'll do in this lesson. This time we're going to append to images under paragraph of text. We're going to use a pen rather than Ada's new items, as there are already items within the project structure where this content should be placed . So the first thing is the image. Marley's ghost. There is a scene already there, and the image needs to appear at the bottom of that scene, so within selected in the scratch part down to send to project up to the file and this time upended text to. And even though it's an image rather than text, it will work, then across to the manuscript, on down to Where We Need to Be, which is Stave one. Molly's visit. Other scroll down. There's the image added to an existing scribbling. The next image is going in. Stay for the lust of the spirits, and again it's going right down at the end, so I'm making room for it that then going to find the image on repeating the process. Son to project choose the projects upend text to money script. This time it's the lust of the spirits hand. As I scrolled out, it has appeared. Now there's also a paragraph of text. So what I'm going to do is make sure I'm at the bottom er so we can actually see it. What we want is for this text to appear where we have that flushing insertion point. So going up in choosing the text send to project, choose the project a Pentax too manuscript and it's stay for it's a last paragraph scroll down. There it is. So that's both of the alternatives that you have when it comes to adding scratch pad content into US criminal files a pending to existing items or, as we saw last time, creating new items in your project structure. 8. Deleting Scratchpad Items: it couldn't be easier to tidy up your scratch part by removing content you no longer need. All you need to do is delete notes with the minus button on an alternative to the minus button is the short cut key command on backspace, so we'll start by deleting just one element of content. But you can make multiple selections by using the command key, so I'm holding the command key down on clicking extra notes. But let's start with one and hit that minus K. A rather scary warning appears, informing you that the selected scratch pad notes will be removed from the disk and that can't be on dumb. Well, yes and no, it's not telling you the whole story. There is no mechanism to recall the information from within scrivener, but it could be don't quite easily as long as you haven't emptied your Mac OS trash folder . And this is because the deleted notes will be moved to your Mac OS trash folder and could be restored back to the scratch part folder if you made a mistake. So I'm going to confirm that we do want to delete that, and then I'm going to make a selection of a few more items and commanding backspace this time. Same warning. Yes, I'm sure. So we're left with just three items. Let's have a look out the trash folder. Only items were deleted are listed in that. Now, To restore them, we need to open up the folder that contains our scratch part files. So let's drunk that in. This is the actual scratch part folder. It's got the three files in it that we have in our scratch pad. Our others are languishing in the trash at the moment. What we need to do is to select them in the trash on. Now I've got to juggle these windows a little bit, but I'll move it down on just drug those into the scratch part folder the second that I dropped them back where they belong. They instantly appear in the scratch part within Scrivener, so it's a simple job to delete content, and it's not too difficult to get it back as long as the content is still in the Mac OS trash folder. 9. Customizing Your Scratchpad: There are several options for customizing describing a scratch pad. All of the options are in scrivener preferences. General Scratch pad. You might notice that Scrivener is inconsistent in its references to scratch pad Onda Scratch part The two word version is used Maurin the Windows version but it does make it into the interface of the mark version in certain places. So specifically its windows show scratch pad. But scrivener preferences General scratch Part two words anyway want you there? These are the options that you have. First of all, you have Ah, hot K. Now the default is command shift and enter But you can configure this to something more memorable to you. But there is a caveat here, though this hockey is global, it summons the Scriven a scratch pad even if you're not in scrivener at the time. Scriven a house to be running. But it doesn't have to be the active application so that hockey needs to be something that isn't going to clash with other hot keys in other applications. Scriven a will stop you setting this to a reserved hockey such as command and be so to see that I'm going to delete the default and try setting it to command and be, and it gives me an error message. However, even if Scriven A will let you set a different hockey, I found the results are often unpredictable, to say the least, in terms of maybe multiple actions happening, or at least something happening other than activating the scrivener scratch part. So the message to take away here is I wouldn't change this hockey unless you have a seriously compelling reason to do so. And if you do do, check it very carefully to make sure it does exactly what you want it to, which is just show the scratch pad on, more importantly, that it doesn't do anything else in any other application. Next, there's a notes location that allows you to change where the contents of the scratch pad are stored. It's a simple matter of clicking the choose button and setting a different location for the storage of the scratch pad content. We're going to see this in more depth in the upcoming lesson about synchronizing your scratch part using Dropbox. The next option is the file format that the scrivener scratch parts stores its content in, and there are three options. There's rich text with attachments, which is an RTF de rich text format, and plain text rtf de Fells, a powerful in that they can support multiple file formats within themselves. To see that, let's create a new scratch part note, but do ensure your default former is set to art f D or what we're about to do won't work so we can say there that it is currently set to RTF D so we could lose the preferences on Go and create a new note. And now we just need to add content to this note. So I have some content available on the first element of content is just some texture Minarti a file. So Commander NATO selected command INSEE to copy it into the scratch part on Commander V to paste it in the next element of content is a couple of images, so we have Marley's ghost. The first image, moved down again to the bottom of the file on the second image is the final spirit. On the last element of content is actually a full copy of a Christmas Carol. It's a pdf. It's almost a Megan size. I'm going to drag and drop that into my scratch putt and is represented by the front cover off the pdf. So quick Recap of what? We've got some text, a couple of images on that, Pdf and you can see as I scroll up and down. I'm seeing the contents off the scratch part. Go by but down to the bottom. Where that PDFs I can't see the rest of the pdf amounts because my mouse pointer is outside the area. That is the pdf. It's to the right of the pdf. But if I move my mouse pointer over the pdf cover and then scroll up and down, I'm actually scrolling the contents of that pdf file. I am no longer scrolling the entire scratch pad. I'm scrolling just the contents off the pdf file and there is the actual pages coming into view. Not if the fouls actually bundles that can contain. Lt files on the attachments are separate files. Now a Mac OS you can right click on art if defile on select show package contents to see the files. So let's have a look at that. The folder we're looking at right now is my source folder where these elements came from. But if we switch over to my scratch part, we don't see the individual files within the scratch part. We see one file per note in the scratch pad on the note that we've been working on is this one. But you can right click and choose show package contents and it drills you down an extra level. And you have in here ah, file called txt rtf. That's the actual text that we've put into that note. So that's that one. That's the two images, and you can view them. So I'm using the space bar to preview these elements. And finally there is the pdf, and in here you can see all of the pages within it. So what we're doing is we've actually drilled down an extra layer right down into the RTF defile to see the contents off it. Most of the time, you won't need to access the content in this way using the finder, but should you ever find that you have a problem with your scratch pad and you can't get it ? Your content that it's always good to know that you can actually drill down into the contents of our Nulty F D file and salvage any elements that you need. Teoh. I like to think of it this way. RTF defiles are very similar to a zip file in that there are file former that can contain over files. Now. Your other options were for rich text or plain text, and there are implications should you decide to make changes to the former. So let's go back into scrivener and take a look at that. So back into the preferences on I will change the default former now going to change it to plain text now one of the issues to think about with that. So I'm going to add a new note on I'll make sure we know that this is a plain text note is if you add an image, you've seen what happens. It adds the image into the note. But if you've told Scrivener that you want to use plain text, how does it handle images? Well, let's have a look. Let's bring that find a window back with our content in it, we'll use the smallest ghost file on drag and drop it into our plain text. Note on what happens is, it adds in the file path to that image. It does not add the image. It can't at the image because the note within the scratch part is plain text. So if you're ever working on your computer and you try and add an image and that happens, it's probably because it's been set to plain text within the preferences on. All you need to do to fix it is change it back. So going into our preferences and just check that default format and just make sure it's set to either rtf d for full support of everything or rich text. So I want to set about our TFT. So they're the options that you have to customize your Scriven a scratch, but have a think about how you could best configure your scratch part to support what you do in scrivener and do share it in the class discussion area. I'd love to hear your thoughts 10. Backing Up Your Scratchpad Content: as we saw in the last lesson, your scratch pad content is stored as individual files in a folder of your choosing on your hard drive. Not only does that mean that you can recover items from the system trash if they were deleted in error or you just changed your mind. It also means that you can back up your entire scratch pad contents by simply backing up your scratch part folder. The first step to be able to do this is to confirm the location off that scratch part folder via scrivener preferences General Scratch. But next you need to locate the folder in your system. But that's a right royal pain to track down manually. So let's do it. The clever and quick way with the preference is still open. Select the path in the textbooks and copy it, So I'm using command NC. Then open a find a window and use another short cut key command shift and G that will open up the go to dialogue box and in their paste, the path that you copied a few moments ago and then press enter on. The finder will take you straight there, which is a huge time saver. One. Sure, they're simply move up your folder hierarchy one level. Now I actually have the path bar shown in my finder, but that isn't turned on by default, and you might not see yours. If you want to turn it on, you can go to view Show path bar. That path bar is actually live so you can click on any of the folders higher up the hierarchy. Just double click, and you can open up that folder. That's the way I tend to do it. But there is an alternative if you don't want tohave that puffball shown. And that alternative is to use the command key on the up arrow and that will navigate you up the folder hierarchy one folder at a time. Now you can actually see the scratch part folder, right click it and select compress that will create a zip file when there's it files complete. Just move that file to your backup location now. You could, of course, automate this process to save yourself some time. In fact, in the next lesson, I'll show you a way to get your system to automatically back up your scratch part, content on much more 11. Dropbox - Your Scratchpad Synchronized: everything we've covered so far has been on a single Mac. But what if all your scratch part content could magically appear on every mark you use criminal on and be completely in sync without any hard work on your part? Sound good? I certainly hope so. Let's do it. To make this work, you're going to need a cloud service. I've picked Dropbox for several reasons. It's the preferred method for scrivener to synchronize with Scriven a Fry OS. It's also a no cost solution. You can get a free Dropbox account with two gig of storage. It's cross platform, and it's simple to set up. If you don't already have an account, go to dropbox dot com and sign up for a free account. Then download the Dropbox client app for your mark and install it. If you use Dropbox, your scrivener data files, you'll be aware of the recommendation to store those files in the Dropbox APS Scriven a folder. I do keep my data files in that location, but my system files air in an entirely different location. The system settings for all my APS go into my applications support folder within Dropbox, so it made sense to add scrivener settings to the same folder. So what we're looking out here is to find a windows looking at two different folders. The top find a window is pointing to where my scratch part folder is at the moment, which is Macintosh HD users. My user name Library applications support scrivener Scratch pad. The lower find a window is pointing to the Dropbox applications. Support Scriven a folder. At the moment, there is no folder in there for the scratch part, so let's create more. You'll notice I have more than just a scratch part folder in there. That's because I synchronize all my scrivener settings within Dropbox, a topic for another course. Maybe now just creating that folder isn't enough, though you need to tell Scrivener where to find it. So back into scrivener and then open Scriven up preferences. General Scratch pad. Click the choose button to navigate and select the newly created folder. So drop Boggs application, support scrivener and then finally scratch part on click open. Scriven very savvy enough to offer you the option to take your existing scratch pad notes with you, you have the option to move, ignore or copy now moving the files takes the existing notes on moves them to the folder that you've created in Dropbox. Ignore leaves the existing notes in the current location, and it takes nothing to the new folder. That means when you look at your scratch part, there are going to be no notes in there. The copy option makes duplicates of existing notes on places them in the new folder inside Dropbox. I'd be quite wary of using the copy command. It may be confusing having two copies of thes notes in different folders. The simplest thing for me here is just to move the existing notes, so I'm just going to click move. You can see what happens in the file system. The very second I click that move button. The files instantly jumped from the original folder to the new location in Dropbox. So that's the scratch park configured on one mark to connect the scratch. Put on another Mac to the data that you've just put in. Dropbox is really just a matter of repeating the same process. So here's another Mac Scriven is open. Currently, it's not referencing the Dropbox scratch part folder for its content, so the scratch parties only showing a single file so up to scrivener preferences. General Scratch pad. Use that choose button to navigate to and select the Dropbox Scratch part fold. Then you need to confirm the transfer option. Choosing move will actually merge the contents from this machine with the files that are already in the Dropbox hosted folder, which is a great way to ensure that the content that you've previously had spread across multiple installations of scrivener on multiple machines is all pulled together in one single location. So click move, then barking scrivener open the scratch part. The single note that we had originally from this machine is there, but so, too, are all the notes that are stored in the Dropbox Scratch part folder. Repeat that process on each computer that you want to use the Dropbox scratch part folder and you're done. Now there's a bonus with always, and that is with your scratch but content in a Dropbox folder, you can access it via your mobile device, using the dropbox up or even through a Web browser. So this is the dropbox up on my iPod. I've navigated down to the application support Scrivener scratch part folder, and this is actually showing me all the contents from March folder. Now, if you recall, there are three options for the file formats of the scratch part content. There was rich text with attachments. Are TFT rich text RTF um, plain text. Txt now, although you can see the files only content stored as text or RTF can actually be viewed so you can see that there is a file if it's an RTF t, but you can't see what's inside it. So if you need to have access to your content in this way in a mobile workflow, it may well be worth changing the former of the scratch part files to support that mobile workflow. This is what an RTF file looks like in Dropbox for II's and you can see all the content. Doesn't matter if its text formatted text or images. This is what a text file looks like. But when you come to look at the contents of an RTF defile, you can't see the contents. You can only see the fact that there is actually a file. It's also worth mentioning that all TF is a good format to choose for your entire scratch part workflow. If you intend to work cross platform with Windows because on a Windows installation you are able to view and edit RTF files. Configuring scrivener installation this way is a great way to make working on multiple computers a seamless experience. It's free using drop box, and it also gives you an automatic backup for your scratch pad content to what's not to like. 12. Resetting Your Scratchpad: Once you start using a scratch pad, you could find that it gets overwhelmed with ideas and other content. Obviously, ideas are great, but it could get to the point that the amount of content is impacting your ability to be productive with the information. Want to get back to that blissful state of having a fresh new scratch part to work with? Well, it's simple. Not only is it simple, but you have two options which you choose depends on whether you want to make a backup of your scratch part content before completely removing it. I would recommend that you do that, and here's how so. The first step is to check where your scrivener scratch part folder is via scrivener preferences. Scratch part on its this notes location field here quick in there and then come under Nate to select everything, followed by command and see to copy it. So you copied that path to your clipboard. The next step is to open your finder and then use that short cut key off command shift on G toe. Open the go to dialogue box. In here. The path is already selected, but if you use control on V it will paste in the path that you copied from this criminal preferences on. Then click the go button that will take you to your scratch part folder. Once you can see all the contents of your scratch pad, Commander Day to select it all and then right click and choose compress that creates a zipped archive file for you. Because I had more than one item selected, it's called it archive, and that's the backup. That's all there is to it. So to delete the content from the scratch part now select all the items in the scratch pad and press commanding box spice. All the items disappear from the folder and instantly that's reflected in your Scriven a scratch pad. There's nothing to stop you holding on to that backup and restoring it at any point in the future if you're looking for something you're convinced you had in there, in fact, I'm going to do that now so I can show you the alternative method for resetting your scratch pad. So unzip your backup. It's a simple case of double clicking on it. Now it does create a folder. That folder contains the actual items for the scratch pad. Now they're not instantly appearing in the scratch part because the scratch bodies looking inside the scratch part folder. But it's not looking any further than that. So I'm going to click on drag to select them and then dragged them into the right place, which is the scratch part folder itself on that instantly puts them back over on the scratch part on the right here, and we should delete that archive folder. But I'm leaving my back up there so we're ready to look at the alternative approach to this . If you're confident that you don't need any of the content currently in your scratch pad and you don't want to make a backup in those circumstances, you don't need to use the finder. You can reset your scratch part from within the scratch, pad itself by simply deleting all of the notes. So, using the scratch part this time, select the first item, scroll down to the bottom, hold the shift. Key down impressed the last item as an alternative to that. So I'll just click away to select one item. You could use command and a on that will select all of the items as well. And then you have two options. You can either use the minus sign at the bottom of the scratch pad, or you can use commander backspace. I'll use the minus sign. You get your warning, but we're confident. We're confident we can get rid of it all. And that's it. All of the content has gone from your scratch part, so there's two ways to get back to a completely clear scratch part, and then you're ready to fill it with your new inspirations. 13. Class Project: the class project a very practical one. It's two. Completely. Configure your Scriven a scratch pad, and to make it easy, I've attached a checklist for you to followers a reference. So choose your hockey and document that in the checklist. Then make a decision on where you'd like Scriven a two story scratch. But data consider the benefits of using a cloud based storage service such as Dropbox. This is going to give you the easiest way to create a synchronized scratch part between your marks. Recall the benefits of using RTF and Dropbox because that gives you access to your scratch part content via the Dropbox app all the website for me. RTF has proved to be a good compromise between the support for four months thing and images on reviewing the data in a mobile workflow. I remember that choosing a default format here doesn't preclude you adding content in one or more of the other file formats. So maybe you could use RTF when adding content directly to your scratch pad Dropbox folder . But use RTF day from within Scriven completely up to you. Finally be safe and ensure that you've got a backup strategy in place with Dropbox that you have a safety net. But whether you use dropbox or not do ensure you have some kind of extra backup system in place. And when you've done all that, complete the checklist and share it with the rest of the class. I've already posted mine as an example, so don't be shy. I look forward to seeing yours. 14. Wrap Up: Well, we're the end of this class dedicated to the scratch pad in scrivener three. We've covered all the options that's Governor provides for configuring the scratch pad. In fact, we've gone beyond or Scrivener alone can accomplish uncovered creating a synchronized scratch pad. Using dropbox is the conduit between different installations of scrivener on different machines. We've also created a workflow to out of the screenshot capture capability that the Windows version of Scrivener has built in. So I hope you feel confident in configuring and using your scratch pad in scrivener. I would love to hear your feedback. If you've enjoyed the course, I'd be really grateful if you could find the time to review it. I look forward to hearing how you're using the scratch, putting your work on, hopefully meeting you again in a future course. Talking of which what elements of scribbling would you like help with? What topics would you like to see covered in future courses? Do let me know. In the meantime, enjoy your writing and I'll see you next time