Windows 10 and Opening Previous Scrivener Project

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Andrew77
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Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:55 am Post

I have noticed that with Windows 10 it generally saves document files with the file name and it's document type separated from one another.

Notice that there are four columns for the saved files, in left-to-right order: Name, Date Modified, Type, and Size. So, with Windows in the past, for example, my Microsoft Word documents would have been saved with the Name ending with the type or file extension at the end of its filename. For example: NovelDraft2.doc or NovelDraft2.docx. The same thing with Scrivener projects in past Windows: Project2.scriv or Project.scrivx.

But now, with Windows 10, the filenames no longer end with the type or file extension in the filename itself. It is separated by a column by itself.

I am having technical issues with Scrivener failing to automatically open the last project I had open, whenever I open Scrivener again. I am wondering if this change with Windows 10 is interfering with Scrivener being able to automatically open the last project?

I wish I could attached a Word document of screenshots to show what I am talking about, but this Forum's Add Files will not let me, for some reason. If someone can help me with this technical issue, I will greatly appreciate it.

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Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:33 am Post

This reply assumes you are using Scrivener Ver 1.9 ***

Win 10>Cortana>File Explorer>View

Select Details>Add Columns (name, date, type, size, etc.)

Check the box for File name extensions.
Play around here until things look right for you

The Scrivener project files should be in a dedicated folder wherever you selected them to go. (Scrivener has it's own ideas on this but I put them where I can find them.) They should all show as folders with the .scriv extension. To open a project select (open) it's folder and then select the .scrivx file. Leave all else alone. Scrivener will open and off you go.

All of my Scrivener files and folders are in dedicated folders in File Explorer.
Scrivener Projects, Scrivener Backups, Scrivener Scratchpad, etc.

To open the project you were working on upon closing Scrivener select Tools>Options>General and then Startup Options and check the box to Reopen projects that were open on quit

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Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:20 am Post

wickiup wrote:The Scrivener project files should be in a dedicated folder wherever you selected them to go. (Scrivener has it's own ideas on this but I put them where I can find them.)


Actually, Scrivener doesn't really care about where you put them as long as it has the permissions it needs to read and write from that location. It does, however, use standard Qt system dialogue boxes which are in turn extended from standard Windows system dialogue boxes, and Windows does in fact happen to have very strong ideas about where users store data by default -- in part so that it can ensure all user data is stored roughly together in a location where it can be easily saved, backed up, or migrated to another machine by standard system utilities.
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Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:25 am Post

Andrew77 wrote:But now, with Windows 10, the filenames no longer end with the type or file extension in the filename itself. It is separated by a column by itself.


The files under Windows 10 still have the file extension as they always have. But the default Explorer views in Windows 10, as they have in every version of Windows from at least as far back as Windows XP on, hide them from you unless you know how to turn them back on.

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Note that clicking on the top-level .scriv folder will NOT launch that project in Scrivener; you must open that folder and double-click on the .scrivx file *inside*in order to launch that project in Scrivener. Or, you can open Scrivener and open a project, and in the selection dialogue navigate to the .scrivx file and select it there. If you close Scrivener with the project open, it should re-open the same projects it had open before, unless the checkbox another poster mentioned is not checked in Scrivener.
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