Distraction-Free Writing In Scrivener With Composition Mode
Scrivener Composition Mode
If you like writing in a distraction-free environment, Scrivener has just the tool for you.
It’s called Composition Mode.
You enter Composition Mode by hitting alt-Cmd-F on the MAC or F11 on the PC (test!), or by clicking the corresponding button in the toolbar.
Composition mode gets rid of the whole interface and shows your document only.
But if you want you can still access the menu bar. Just move the mouse pointer to the upper edge of the screen, and let it sit there for a moment.
You can also show your keywords and your inspector as floating windows, so you can refer to your notes without having to go into the “real” Scrivener interface, so to speak.
It’s always the ones you have selected. If you have only one document active it’s the one that will be shown in Composition Mode. You can access all the other documents through the Go-To menu.
If, however you have multiple documents selected and you’re NOT in Scrivening view mode, Composition Mode will show you just one of the documents, and you can jump back and forth between them by hitting Cmd-[ or Cmd-]. You can also choose any other document you like from the Go-To menu below.
In the middle of the control strip you have a words and characters counter.
If you click on it you should be able to select if you want to include footnotes, comments, and annotations in the count, but there seems to be some kind of bug in this version, so you can’t do this at the moment. I’ve already reported this to literature and latte and I hope they will fix it in the next release.
On the right you can adjust the opacity of your paper, which means you can make it kind of see-through if you want to.