Understanding Files and Folders in Scrivener
Before you dig into working in the Binder, a couple of things require clarification: The concept of folders and files is less rigid in Scrivener than you’re probably used to. A Scrivener folder can contain text, just like a document, and can be converted back to a document at any time.
Document files can contain sub-files, making them a container much like a folder — called a file group — and can be converted to a folder at any time.
The difference between files and folders as containers really becomes significant only when you compile (export) your manuscript, which I cover in Part IV.
The following are definitions for the terms I use throughout this book when discussing the Binder:
Item: Any file or folder within the Binder, regardless of type.
Document: An item that contains text. A document could be a new file created within the Scrivener project or a file that’s been imported from ...