[NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

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Wed May 20, 2020 6:04 pm Post

How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.
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Wed May 20, 2020 8:27 pm Post

ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.
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Wed May 20, 2020 8:28 pm Post

Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.

But, in Windows, is it possible to consolidate all open projects into one Scrivener instance with tabs once you have multiple projects open?
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Wed May 20, 2020 9:10 pm Post

ScrivTrex wrote:
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.

But, in Windows, is it possible to consolidate all open projects into one Scrivener instance with tabs once you have multiple projects open?

Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.
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Wed May 20, 2020 9:12 pm Post

Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.

If it ever gets released. :P
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Wed May 20, 2020 9:14 pm Post

ScrivTrex wrote:
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.

If it ever gets released. :P

Ha! And we keep bringing these things up... :)
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Thu May 21, 2020 8:31 am Post

The tabbed window is a macOS system feature, not something built into Scrivener. It's possible this could be developed and implemented for the Windows version down the road, if it's technically feasible in the framework Scrivener uses, but it's not in the immediate plans.
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Thu May 21, 2020 8:22 pm Post

MimeticMouton wrote:The tabbed window is a macOS system feature, not something built into Scrivener. It's possible this could be developed and implemented for the Windows version down the road, if it's technically feasible in the framework Scrivener uses, but it's not in the immediate plans.

Thanks. That is what I thought. I use both the Mac and Windows Scrivener and haven't decided which "open window/tabbed window" workflow I prefer. Typically I use one window/project open at a time but, when I do have two projects open, I think I prefer having them in separate windows to more easily drag and drop from one to the other. Just my preference.
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Thu May 21, 2020 11:00 pm Post

It's an interesting question. I think I'm probably with Jestar. I do use programs that create multiple tabs for different items within a single window: my browser, of course, for one; and the word processor Nota Bene. But these tabs hold Web pages and documents, respectively. I find Nota Bene's approach much easier to navigate and keep track of than MS Word's separate windows for all documents, since when I have multiple documents open, they're generally all part of a single project (and if needed NB can tile or cascade them within its single window).

Which brings us to Scrivener. For me, there is so much going on in a Scrivener project that to have multiple projects open as tabs within a single window feels more complicated rather than simpler. But I've never worked with Scriv on a Mac, with its tabbing feature, so I don't really know what that would be like.
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Thu May 21, 2020 11:54 pm Post

Personally, I like individual windows on my iMac, which has a big screen. On the laptop, tabs seem to work better. OTOH, I'm also less prone to open multiple projects on the laptop to begin with.

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Mon May 25, 2020 5:32 pm Post

Jestar wrote:I think I prefer having them in separate windows to more easily drag and drop from one to the other. Just my preference.


I think you've hit quite an important point here, Jestar...drag-drop is a very useful thing, and windows give that...

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Tue May 26, 2020 12:57 pm Post

As someone who frequently uses a trio of projects for reference and one of them for actually creating new content as well, I use the tabbed interface with Scrivener. In fact, that's the default for all of my apps, as I prefer it as the default.

If such a feature were to be shoe-horned into Scrivener, and if it were implemented with the same features, you'd be able to drag a tab out of a single window to make two. I do that occasionally, when I want to drag documents between two projects (and/or I want to see them side-by-side), but more frequently, I have 10+ application windows open, with multiple documents per application (Preview for PDFs, Safari, Pages and/or Nisus Writer Pro, Pixelmator Pro, Devonthink, etc...). Tabs in all/most apps help me tame the chaos.

But having tabs only for Scrivener... I don't know how much that would help in the same scenario.
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Wed May 27, 2020 10:51 am Post

I'm on Windows and use https://www.stardock.com/products/groupy/. Works perfect. I can get tabs in Windows, Scrivener, or both.

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Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:30 pm Post

I just watched an online presentation on Scrivener where the presenter was using a Mac. Much of the presentation was about themes and creating a new theme, none of which is of great interest to me. But the one item which did fascinate me was seeing that he had multiple projects open as tabs.

Since Scriv 3 for Windows was to bring us up to the Mac level, I immediately spent some time hunting to see how to achieve a tabbed display in Beta11, without success as this thread clearly spells out.

While hunting under the Window menu drop-down listing, I came upon "Bring all to front" which gave me momentary hope. But it doesn't do anything visible as far as I can see and the manual doesn't shed any light on the purpose of this item.

I would vote for the ability to have tabbed entries for all open projects if the Devs ever wish to offer this.

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Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:39 pm Post

philjaq wrote:While hunting under the Window menu drop-down listing, I came upon "Bring all to front" which gave me momentary hope. But it doesn't do anything visible as far as I can see and the manual doesn't shed any light on the purpose of this item.

This will pull all open Scrivener project windows to in front of other open apps.
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