Scrivener Tutorial: Stacked Corkboards

by RS on January 12, 2013

I promised several months ago to provide a tutorial on stacked corkboards, but abandoned the series after the publication of Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez. I  figured you all would order a copy. That’s what I did in case I needed help. But I see from my visitor statistics that my Scrivener tutorials are popular so I thought it was time to post another tutorial. These will pop up sporadically, and if you have questions about a certain feature please let me know in the comments section.

The purpose of stacked corkboard is to view more than one corkboard at a time. They’re useful when you want to see the contents of more than one folder like a number of chapters or parts of a manuscript. I think stacked corkboards are ideal, for example, if you’ve created an editorial calendar for a newsletter, a blog, or a magazine. For instance, let’s say I’ve planned articles for every month, but now I want to see them in their respective corkboards and fiddle around with them. You can do this because in stacked corkboards you can move around the cards from one board to another (and you’ll also see this reflected in the binder). If I want to move some articles from March into June, I can easily drag them from the March clorkboard to the June corkboard. An important factor to note—stacked corkboards are only available in linear mode. If you’re the using free form corkboard, and you make your folder selections, it will automatically default to the linear mode.

To activate the stacked corkboard function, you can select more than one folder using Cmd-click for Mac; ctrl-click for Windows. I selected three folders and it looks like this in the binder:

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Each corkboard is displayed with a line between them and they’re are shaded differently. Like so:

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 You can play around with the card arrangement in either rows, columns or wrapped, which can be selected at the bottom right-hand corner:

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I prefer the column format:

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If you want, you can also number the cards in each corkboard. Go to View => Corkboard Options =>Number Per Section. If you decide that you want to add another article for one of the months selected without leaving the corkboard, just hit the Add button in the tool bar.

And there you have it!


This is exactly what I needed to know for my novel writing (when I want to move scenes between chapters). Also, I do a newsletter for work and never thought of using Scrivener to plan it. Thanks for the idea!

RebecaSchiller moderator

 @KatherineBolgerHyde You have no idea how Scirvener has come to my rescue for the magazine I work for. I can do a search for a story and voila! And if you blog consistently, you can plan your ed cal using this feature. 

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