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Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez

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Working with the Label and Status Fields

The Label and Status fields are the treasure in the General section. You can customize them to suit your needs by changing their names and their values. For the Label values, you can even change the colors.

Not only that, but other than the item’s title, the Label and Status fields are the most visible pieces of metadata in your project.

tip.eps The Label field is the most powerful piece of metadata because you can apply its associated color to icons in the Binder, index cards in the Corkboard (see Chapter 8), and Outliner rows (covered in Chapter 9). So save it for something that you want to be able to discern at a quick glance — for example, character point of view.

The Status field can appear in the Corkboard as a stamp — similar to a watermark — across the index cards, but you can’t use it for color-based identification. It’s also available as a column in the Outliner.

Both the Label and Status fields also show up at the top of every QuickReference pane.

Two parts of the Label and Status fields are customizable: the name of the field itself and the set of values available in the Label and Status drop-down lists.

Why would you want to customize Label and Status? Great question. Here are just a few of the ways you might want to use them:

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