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Change List: Scrivener for Microsoft Windows

Scrivener 1.7.2 Older ↓

Version released: July 2, 2014
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Important Notice

If the updater fails to install, please download the update from the link directly above, and run the installer to upgrade your copy to 1.7.1.

Bugs Fixed

Scrivener 1.7.1 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: May 27, 2014
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Refinements and Changes

You can now create and apply formatting presets to document text via the Format > Formatting menu or from the format bar. (If you’ve customised the format bar, you can add the Preset Selector from the Customize Toolbars dialog.)
Ranges of text can now be marked with Preserve Formatting to prevent their formatting being overwritten during compile when the rest of the text is standardised.
Added the option to toggle Small Caps from Format > Font.
Standard collections now have a “Remove from Collection” button in the header, which will remove the selected documents from the collection without impacting their placement in the binder. The Delete key alone will do the same.
Updated the “Save Search…” text from the search menu to more explicitly state “Save Search as Collection…”
You can select a folder or document from anywhere outside the Draft folder to include as front matter in the compile contents.
Scrivener links now compile as internal links for RTF and, if Microsoft Word is installed, for PDF, DOC and DOCX when “Include in RTF bookmarks” is checked for the document type and level in compile formatting.
New project properties in the Meta-Data Settings allow you to use placeholder tags throughout the project and compile settings to be replaced with the project title and author name during compile. <$projecttitle> and <$fullname> are used by default for title and author meta-data when compiling to ebook formats.
Compile formatting is now modified directly in the preview area without needing to open a separate window.
Import/Export options for PDF, ODT, DOC and DOCX have been revised with improved converters.
Compiled ebooks include only one copy of each unique image in the epub or mobi package, reducing file size.
Scrivener-linked document titles compile using the document’s prefix and suffix settings. For example, if a document is set to compile with just a “Chapter 1” prefix and no title, a link to that document within the compiled text will use its “Chapter” and number rather than the binder title.
Added new placeholder tags for use in compile: <$pagecount>, <$projecttitle>, <$abbr_title>, <$fullname>, <$forename>, <$surname>. (Title and name replacements are set in Project > Meta-Data Settings….)
Added new options to the compile Transformations pane to “Remove highlighting” and “Remove all hyperlinks” and extra RTF compatibility options to ensure link formatting and highlights appear correctly in Microsoft Word.
Compile’s “Print” option is now based on the PDF compile, taking advantage of the better formatting available, particularly when Microsoft Office is installed.
Scrivener Links
Scrivener Link > New Link… (Ctrl+G, Ctrl+D) opens a dialog to easily create Scrivener links to new or existing documents.
Holding the Alt key while dragging and dropping items from the binder to document text or notes inserts a Scrivener link. Dragging and dropping images or text documents without the modifier key will insert the image or text.
New options in Edit > Copy Special let you copy a selection of documents from the binder, outliner, or corkboard as a list of Scrivener links or as a Table of Contents.
You can now set the default location (current or other editor) for opening clicked Scrivener links from the editor. New context menu options also let you choose the target editor for opening a link.
Existing Scrivener Links can be updated by right-clicking in the linked text and choosing a new item from the Scrivener Link option in the context menu or by selecting the linked text and using Edit > Scrivener Link.
Inserted images can be resized by clicking and dragging the lower right corner (press Shift while clicking to resize without ratio constraint).
Right-clicking on an inserted image now offers “Save as Picture…” to save a copy of the image outside the project.
You can now drag a synopsis image to the editor to copy it into a document’s text.
Inserted JPG images now retain their format rather than being converted to PNG.
In addition to sorting documents in the binder, corkboard, and outliner, you can now sort selected paragraphs within a document in ascending or descending alphabetical order.
The context menu in the editor has been reordered slightly and now includes options to insert an image or to create and insert a screen capture.
Pressing the RightArrow or LeftArrow key now moves the insertion point to the beginning or end of the text selection within the editor.
There is now an option (in the Editor settings) for the Insert key to toggle overwrite mode in the editor and in document and project notes (off by default).
Scrivener can now import OpenOffice ODT files.
Webpage import has been overhauled to use the open standard MHT format, better preserving the complete webpage in a single file. MHT pages can be opened externally or converted on import to PDF for viewing in Scrivener. Webpages can also be imported as plain-text files.
You can import local external files from the project and document references by dragging and dropping from the inspector to the binder.
OPML and mindmap files are now included in the standard File > Import > Files… command, with preferences set in the Import/Export Options.
Copying and pasting from webpages has been improved to include embedded images and produces cleaner, more consistent results across popular browsers.
Images imported as part of a Word document are now named in Scrivener following the pattern “Image1”, “Image2”, etc.
The Move > Up/Down/Right/Left commands and keyboard shortcuts can be used to move cards on the corkboard.
Menus & UI
More menu commands have been given keyboard shortcuts and additional items have been made available for user-defined shortcuts in the Options: Keyboard pane.
Moved the Layout controls to a new “Window” menu, along with new window management options.
Cleaned up the Documents > Move menu to make it easier to navigate.
Added an option to customise the number of recent projects shown in the menu, up to 40.
Hovering over items in the format bar spacing menu displays the associated indentation settings.
The Tools menu now offers the option to Save and Rebuild Search Indexes to restore an out-of-date index and improve search results.
The Name Generator window can now remain open while you work in Scrivener and can be minimised or maximised.
The highlight and text colour format bar buttons now use a popover style for colour selection; right-click or click and hold the button to bring up the colour options.
The colour of the spell check underline can be customised under the editor Appearance options.
Added a Reset All Warnings button to the General options and moved a few formatting items from the General pane to the more appropriate Editor options. Also removed “Show ‘Change indentation with spacing’ message” from the Editor options and “Show warnings for import restrictions” from Import/Export options as they are now better covered under the new Reset option.
Added “Back Up Now” and “Project Notes” to the available options for the main toolbar icons and added “Copy” to the format bar options.
The colour selection dialog now shows the current colour when applicable.
Renamed the “Manage Layouts” menu item and dialog to “Layout Manager” for better consistency with the Windows design and moved this to the new “Window” menu.
Updated the instructions for importing files into the name generator.
Updated a few cases of the warning that displays when opening a project that may already be open to provide more specific information.
Cleaned up various aspects of the interface, including revising text, using status checkmarks in menus, and clarifying fuzzy icons.
The border and gradient of the label colour in the binder uses softer shading.
The tooltip for the options button in the corkboard footer now uses “Corkboard Options” rather than “Layout Options”.
Saved layouts are now alphabetised (ignoring case) in the Layout Manager and the All Layouts menu.
The installer and uninstaller now include the Scrivener version number for easy identification.
Various interface elements have been slightly resized to optimise space.
“Choose Texture” has been removed from Appearance options where unavailable.
The Highlight menu has been adjusted slightly to accommodate corrected submenu behaviour; use Highlight > Highlight Text to toggle highlight formatting.
The Corkboard Options to Show Pins and Show Stamps have been clarified as “Label Pins” and “Status Stamps”.
When the editor is not in text mode, the Comments & Footnotes pane in the inspector now displays “No text loaded” to clarify why notes are not shown.
You can now create custom meta-data, which can be viewed in the new custom meta-data tab of the inspector and as columns in the outliner.
Project > Set Selection as Templates Folder lets you use subdocuments of the selected binder item as templates for new documents via Project > New from Template. The top item in the folder is assigned a shortcut for quick access.
Documents can be added to a Favorites list via the context menu or Documents > Favorites > Add to Favorites, allowing quick access from menus such as Go To, Move, and Append Selection to Document. You can adjust the order of the items, add or remove documents, or open items directly from the Favorites Manager (Documents > Favorites > Favorites Manager…).
PDF import and display has been improved and offers many new options including text extraction via the context menu, finer zoom control and rendering crispness and clarity, single-page view, find, rotation, print support, link support, password protected PDF support, keyboard and outline navigation.
Scrivener now supports multiple project notes, which can be viewed in the inspector or opened in a separate window from Project > Project Notes…. The notes window can be set to always remain in front of the main project window via a checkbox in the General options.
You can now assign documents a custom icon through the Documents > Change Icon menu (also available in the binder, outliner, and corkboard context menus). Hold the Alt key while right-clicking the item to go directly to the icon submenu.
Project templates and compile presets have been redone and make use of new features such as document templates and revised compile settings.
View > Full Screen Backdrop lets you select an image from the project or hard drive to use as a project-specific backdrop in Full Screen mode.
Project Search options now let you limit a search to only the selected Binder items and to exclude items in the Trash folder from the search results.
Custom substitutions (added from the Corrections options) are now included when saving preferences and are also retained when resetting the default Options.
Creating new documents or splitting documents in a Scrivenings session now adds the documents to the existing session.
The version information in the About dialog can be selected and copied for easier inclusion with feedback.
New items created when the Draft or Research folder are selected are now always made children of those special folders, to help avoid cases where users accidentally create their manuscript content outside the Draft. Items can still be moved to root level via drag and drop or the Move commands, and can be created at root level by clearing the binder selection first.

Bugs Fixed

Major (Stability)

Minor (Usability)


Scrivener 1.6.1 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: October 31st, 2013


Refinements and Changes

Installation and Registration
Users are now warned before downloading an automatic update if the update cannot be installed from the current Windows user account.
The update installer now creates its backup files in the user temp directory (and removes them on successful installation).
Registration and activation functionality has been updated.
Updated the Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), and Slovenian translations.
Tweaked colour chips and text alignment in the Label and Status menus and made the “No Status” and “No Label” displays consistent in the outliner.
Removed the confusing “cannot create backup” message that appeared when users chose to abort an automatic backup.
Enlarged the arrow button for the outliner options.
Added a “minimize” button to the New Project window.
Pressing Enter on a container in the Documents > Move To menu now selects it as the destination rather than opening the submenu (which can be opened via the RightArrow key).
The dialog warning that a project may already be open now offers the option to make a copy of the project.
Toggling character formatting (bold, italic, underline, highlight, etc.) on a selection including formatted and unformatted text now follows consistent behaviour of always first applying the formatting.

Bugs Fixed

Major (Stability)

Minor (Usability)


Scrivener 1.6.0 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: August 12, 2013


Important Notice

Some keyboard shortcuts have changed (to correct broken functionality), which may require a reset to appear correctly. To do this, please choose "Scrivener" from the Import button menu in the Keyboard tab of Tools > Options. To see a visual list of changed shortcuts please see refer to the Excel spreadsheet included in this Scrivener install—typically found here: Scrivener\resources\Scrivener Default Shortcuts.xls (See the second tab titled Highlighted Shortcut Changes - all changed shortcuts are highlighted in yellow).

Bugs Fixed

Scrivener 1.5.7 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: April 10, 2013

Bugs Fixed

Scrivener 1.5.6 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: April 3, 2013


Important Notice

Some keyboard shortcuts have changed (to correct broken functionality), which may require a reset to appear correctly. To do this, please choose "Scrivener" from the Import button menu in the Keyboard tab of Tools > Options. To see a visual list of changed shortcuts please see refer to the Excel spreadsheet included in this Scrivener install—typically found here: Scrivener\resources\Scrivener Default Shortcuts.xls (See the second tab titled Highlighted Shortcut Changes - all changed shortcuts are highlighted in yellow). A visual is included at the end of these release note as well.

Bugs Fixed


Annotations & Footnotes

Comments & Footnotes









Mac/Windows Compatibility

Name Generator





Highlighted Shortcut Changes in yellow

General Improvements and Additional Notes

Scrivener 1.5.3 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: February 5, 2013

Hot Fix


Bug Fixes

(Over 100 small bug fixes.)

Scrivener 1.2.5 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: August 14, 2012


Additional <$> fields:

Bug Fixes

Work in Progress

I'm very excited to announce that we currently have volunteers translating Scrivener into: German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese. We are about to dive into another major development phase for Scrivener - all very exciting with lots of good things coming.

Scrivener 1.2.3 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: June 22, 2012

Bug Fixes

Scrivener 1.2.1 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: June 18, 2012

Improvements and Additions

Bug Fixes


Every time Scrivener uses the Back Up function (whether automatic or Back Up To), an entire copy of the project is created in the user’s Temp folder and is not cleaned up from there even when Windows is restarted.




Import to corkboard from project.




We have added an experimental setting in Options->Editor Settings, for turning on/off font hinting. Qt, the framework Scrivener is built upon, definitely has issues here and this is a partial improvement - although it’s not a complete fix and something that we may not be able to implement properly until Qt 5 is released later this year. Thank you Clive for raising this again. If you’d like to read more about this, I suggest the following links:

Full Screen



Space added to non-breaking space on import.




Options - Spelling shortcut not listed for reassignment.



Script mode: Enter for auto-suggestion scrolls document.



Project Search always uses “Excluded” - Without typing in the search bar, set the search options to “Search Draft Only” and “Search Included” Type a word in the search field View the search options: “Included” has been deselected and “Excluded” is now selected While viewing search results, it is also impossible to deselected the “Excluded” option–doing so applies a change to the “Included” option above it but never alters the “Excluded” state. Once back in the standard binder it is possible to de-select “Excluded”, but the option is automatically reset as soon as a word is typed in the search field.

Scrivener 1.0.3 ↑ Newer Older ↓

Version released: Nov. 26, 2011



Scrivener 1.0.2 Newer ↑ Older ↓

Version released: 11·11·11


Scrivener 1.0.1 Newer ↑ Older ↓

Version released: Nov. 7, 2011


Scrivener 1.0 Newer ↑

Version released: November, 2011

Initial public release.