Note: This blog post pertains to upcoming features in Scrivener 3, which will be released on macOS later this year and will follow on Windows during early 2021.
“Scrivenings mode” is Scrivener’s powerful feature that allows you to view sections of your text either in isolation or as part of the larger work. For instance, if you are writing a novel and are writing each scene in a different section, then you can either view and edit each scene on its own, or use Scrivenings mode to see and edit the scene in the context of its chapter or the manuscript as a whole.
This is as simple as switching to Scrivenings mode in the toolbar when viewing a folder, and then clicking on the Draft folder to view the entire manuscript, a chapter folder to view only a single chapter, or a scene document to see only the a single scene.
This feature has been core to Scrivener ever since its inception thirteen years ago, and with Scrivener 3 it sees a few refinements.
Hierarchical Title Sizes
When the option to show Scrivenings titles is turned on (a feature that has now been moved to the View > Text Editor menu), in Scrivener 3, the size of the title font is determined by the outline level of the document in the binder. This makes it much easier to get a feel for where you are in the text as you scroll through.