How to see word counts in Scrivener’s corkboard

Author Kimmery Martin asked to see word counts in corkboard view for Scrivener. While I’m not positive this is what she wanted, it sounded like a helpful feature, so I tried to figure out a way to do it.

First, I’ll show you how I do it. I have my scenes and chapters organized in the Binder and I click to different levels to see the word count at the bottom of the main editor window, which is in “Scrivenings” view (i.e., viewing the text).image

I can adapt that same strategy to see word counts in corkboard mode. First, create a vertical split view by using the buttons in the upper right corner of the editor.image

Set the center editor to corkboard view, then click on the button to sync the two editor panes.image

Set the right-hand editor to text/Scrivenings view.image

When you click on a group in the corkboard, it will sync to the text view and let you view the word count at the bottom. (Click the picture to enlarge it.)Screenshot of Scrivener showing the same chapter in multiple views

The problem is that drilling down to see the scene-level word count isn’t easy. If what you want is to see metadata (label, synopsis, status, etc.), then outline view might be what you want for the middle section (which also lets you move more seamlessly between scene and chapter (updating the right-hand editor and word count as you go).image

(To customize what you see in Outline view, go to View menu > Outliner Columns. There are many options available!)

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