How to open a Scrivener template

If you’ve just download a shiny new Scrivener template and are wondering how to add it to your list of project templates,

  1. it’s really easy!
  2. here’s a quick tutorial to help you out.

Step 1

Open Scrivener. You should see the Project Templates window (screenshot below). If you don’t see it, go to the File menu and select New Project.

How to open a Scrivener template step 2.
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Step 2

Click the Options dropdown, in the bottom left-hand corner of the Project Templates window, and select Import Templates.

How to open a Scrivener template step 2.
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Step 3

Select the Scrivener template you want to open and click Import (in the bottom right-hand corner of the window).

How to open a Scrivener template step 3.
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Step 4

Select the appropriate category (Blank, Fiction, Non-Fiction, etc. The Snowflake template is listed under Fiction.) in the Project Templates sidebar. Double your new template, or select it and click Choose, and you’re done!

How to open a Scrivener template step 4.
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16 thoughts on “How to open a Scrivener template”

  1. Thank you for this! I found it through the NaNoWriMo forums, and want to play around more with both Scrivener and the Snowflake method! So this is great. 🙂

    1. Hi Chris,

      If you downloaded the Species template sheet, it will be in a Rich Text or MS Word format, which you will need to copy and paste into a Scrivener document.

    1. A template can only be applied to a new file. However, if a template has parts that you would like in your existing file (such as a character template or even a whole section, like Research Notes or Worldbuilding) you can select them in the template Binder and drag them across to the Binder in your existing file.

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