Cathy's thinking about making the move to Scrivener for freelance writing projects. But she'd heard from another writer that Scrivener projects don't convert to Word well, especially when tables are involved. And most clients expect projects delivered in Word format, so that's a must in Cathy's case.
I'm not sure what problems this other individual ran into exactly, but fortunately it's very easy to get your Scrivener files in Word format. Here are a couple of ways you can do it:
Compile as .doc, .docx, or .rtf
I set up a simple text project with a table for this and used Scrivener's Compile options to save my Scrivener document as .doc, .docx, and .rtf formats. Every one of them can be opened in Word, so choose the best file type for your needs and software version.
Here's how to do this (based on the Windows version; things might be a bit different for Mac users):
- Click the "compile" button in your Scrivener toolbar or click File > Compile.
- For the "Format as" dropdown menu, leave it as "Custom."
- In the "Compile For" dropdown menu, choose one of the .doc, .docx, or .rtf file types.
- Click the "Compile" button.
Choose your file name and tell Scrivener where to save the new version of your document. Then simply open it in Word.
If you want to quickly copy one text document in a larger project file from Scrivener to Word, you can also use the export option.
- Highlight the correct document in Scrivener's Binder view.
- Click File > Export > Files.
- Choose a location to save your exported file, and choose a document name (if you want to change it for some reason).
- In the "Export text files as:" drop-down menu, choose your file type.
- Check "Export selected files only" if you don't want subdocuments included in your export.
- Click the "Export" button to save your file.
Open your exported file in Word.
Do you have any tips to share about how freelance writers can move client projects from Scrivener to Word seamlessly? Leave a comment and tell us how you make Scrivener work for freelance writing projects.
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