Adding new icons to Scrivener

NOTE: If you have the newest version of Scrivener for Windows — You can do this! It’s a brand new thing for Windows Scrivener… Hope you enjoy!

If you’re a visual person like me, you probably use the icons in Scrivener quite a lot. But a lot of people don’t realize that you can import your own custom icons to make your manuscript more friendly for those who rely on visual organization. Here is an example of one of my projects and the icons I use (some downloaded, some that come with the program):

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And now a screenshot of work I did on Saturday, a binder with totally new icons. Every icon is downloaded except the Template icon (you cannot replace the Template icon).

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What is a keyword, you might ask? Take a look at your Characters folder, your Places folder, your Research folder. The images next to those (and every other folder) is an icon. You can change the icon of anything in your binder.

Let me show you how.

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Right-click on the item you want to change the icon of. Scroll down to ‘change icon’. There are a ton of options there. Go ahead and play around with them. (Note: Some of the icons in my list have already been added to my Scrivener so you won’t see them on your own).

“Okay, cool,” you might be saying. “But where do I find other icons?”

Andygrunt at the Literature and Latte forums collected a great set of almost 200 icons here. You can download those and use them as an example in the following steps. But there are lots of other places to download icons. They just might require more digging.

You’ll notice that a lot of the icons are for social media (twitter, pinterest, etc.) or desktop type icons (folders, fun application icons, etc.) — You might have to weed through a lot, but your searches might bring you to exactly what you need.

So, how do you do it?

At the bottom of the image above you can see where it says “Manage Icons.” That brings you to the following screen:

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What’s the difference between the two options? Icons in Project Package mean that you will see these icons only for that project. If you import an icon of an apple in Project Package, you will have to manually add it to every project you want to see it in. However, if you know you’re going to want to use that apple in all your projects, you can add it to the Application Support and you won’t have to re-add it to your other projects.

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I selected (what else?) apple!

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Let’s go back to the adding in icons:

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Select it and…

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Now you can go and organize your manuscript to your heart’s content!

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