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Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez

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Using Comments to Create Linked Notes in the Sidebar

Comments are similar to annotations, but instead of being inline with the text, they’re tucked out of the way in the Comments & Footnotes pane, quickly accessible via a link within the text.

Just like annotations, comments are equally handy for making plot notes, marking passages for more research or revision, critiquing another’s work, and adding reminders to yourself.

To view existing comments in a document, click the Comments & Footnotes button at the bottom of the Inspector, or click a comment link in the Editor to open the Comments & Footnotes pane.

Adding a comment

To add a comment, follow these steps:

1. Click the spot within the text to which you want to link your comment.

Alternatively, select a portion of text if you want to associate the entire selection to a comment.

2. Choose FormatComment.

The nearest word is underlined and highlighted in yellow (or the most recently used comment color), and the Comments & Footnotes pane opens, displaying a new Comment text box. The author name, date, and time that appear automatically are selected, so any typing you do overwrites them.

3. Type the desired comment, and then click outside the Comment text box to save it.

Alternatively, after you enter a comment, you can press the Esc key to save the comment and return to your place in the Editor.

Figure 10-5 shows a new comment and the corresponding link in the text. Both are the same color. The asterisk in the Comments & ...

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