📎 Add New Documents from Template in Scrivener

I don’t know why I haven’t been using this, but the Research folder within Scrivener has a fantastic feature called, Add from Template. This lets Scrivener create a new file for another application and store it as part of the project.

For example, I’ve created a TaskPaper outline file and attached it to my writing project. I can see it as a plain text document, but I can open it directly in TaskPaper to make changes. Since it’s part of the project, the changes are stored in Scrivener.

This is the same as the New from Template feature I use in Devonthink. In fact, it’s using the same set of templates.

This is super easy to set up and extremely useful.

  • From Scrivener, select Preferences
    – On the General tab, select Shared Templates from the list
    – Create a new folder and place your blank template documents inside
    – Next, select the Research folder inside the Scrivener project
    – Right-click, select Add, Add New from Template. You will see a list of the files from your Shared Templates folder
    – To work with the new file, select the Research folder, right click – Open in External Editor

Now it’s possible to work with external documents, make updates, and track progress without leaving Scrivener.

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