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Working with the Freeform Corkboard (Mac Only)

The standard Corkboard is also called the Linear Corkboard because it displays items in a fixed order. Scrivener for Mac also offers a Freeform Corkboard. This view allows you to move cards around the background without the constraints of document order or a grid. Best of all, you can group your index cards into different arrangements without changing the order of the documents in the Binder. This gives you a different view of your project, without risking any permanent changes.

To access the Freeform Corkboard, shown in Figure 6.9, open a Corkboard for a single container and then select the Freeform Corkboard button in the Footer bar. You can also toggle the Freeform Corkboard by choosing View, Corkboard Options, Freeform from the menu. The background of the Freeform Corkboard is different by default so you can easily tell which type of Corkboard is active.


Figure 6.9The Freeform Corkboard lets you move cards freely around the screen without committing to change the order of your documents.

Rearrange cards as you desire by dragging them around the Freeform Corkboard. If you want to return to the Linear Corkboard, click the Linear Corkboard button. Scrivener remembers the card position so you can return to the Freeform Corkboard later.

If you decide you like the order in which the cards appear in the Freeform Corkboard, you can commit this card order to the Binder. Take the following steps:

  1. Click the Commit Order button in the Footer bar. The Commit Freeform Corkboard Order dialog box opens, as shown in Figure 6.10.

    Figure 6.10The Commit Freeform Corkboard Order dialog box confirms the order in which Scrivener should scan cards on the Freeform Corkboard to change the card order.

  2. In the Start At column, select the location Scrivener should look for the first card in the new sequence.
  3. In the Order From column, select the direction in which Scrivener should scan the index cards to determine the new card order.
  4. Click OK.

If you enabled card numbers, you can see that the number assigned to each card has changed to reflect the new order. Your items are also reordered in the Binder. Confirm that each card was positioned as you want; you can rearrange items in the Binder if anything is out of place.

If you change your mind about committing the new card order, use the Undo command (Edit, Undo, or Cmd-Z).

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