There’s been much to-do about Scrivener lately. And for good reason. Scrivener appears to be able to solve some problems that traditional word processing software hasn’t been able to adequately address.
One of Scrivener’s strengths, its Binder feature, allows writers to manage and keep track of sections of a book-length work rather easily.
Word’s Nav Pane isn’t ready-to-use when you first open Word, but a few simple tweaks can get it working for you:
- Open Word. Sketch out your book outline by listing chapter titles, scenes, plot points, or story beats.
- Using Word’s Style menu, apply a heading style to each item in your outline.
4. Click on entries in the Nav Pane to navigate the document, and when you’re feeling wild and crazy, move them around. Moving entries in the Nav Pane results in moving sections around in your running document.
In sum, by setting up the Nav Pane, you’ve essentially set up Word to behave like Scrivener’s Binder.
There are ways to tweak Word so that it serves you better. Learning how to use the Navigation Pane will make book-length works easier to manage.
For further discussion on setting up Word’s Nav Pane, read more at the Beyond Paper blog.