Updated on June 19, 2021 to include instructions relevant to Scrivener 3 for Windows.
Have you ever wished you didn’t have to type the same word or phrase over and over again in your manuscript? Maybe you have a tricky-to-spell character name, or you use a lot of technical terms?
What if I told you that Scrivener can automatically type those words/phrases for you with the stroke of a key?
In the above example, simply scrolling down to “Mukhtaar Lord” and pressing TAB will complete my sentence!
This is a conveniently hidden feature called Auto-Completion.
To activate the feature, complete the following steps:
1. Highlight the word or phrase you’d like Scrivener to type for you.
2. Right-click the selection.
3. Click “Add Selection to Auto-Complete List”
Alternatively, you can open your “Project” menu and manage your entire Auto-Complete list from there.
1. Go to the Tools->Options menu and click the Corrections tab.
2. Make sure Suggest completions as you type is checked.
3. Uncheck In script mode only.
Voila! You can now auto-complete anything you add to your auto-completion list!
UPDATE 6/19/2021: If you’re using Scrivener 3 for Windows, the way to activate Auto-Completion has changed:
- Go to File->Options and select the Corrections tab at the top.
- Make sure the Corrections tab on the left-hand navbar is selected.
- In the section labeled Auto-Completion, make sure the appropriate boxes are checked (they should be self-explanatory).
Note: This tip first appeared in the June 2017 “Erindor Press Newsletter”. If you found it helpful and would like more such as these, join the newsletter today!
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