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.

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.

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.

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.

24 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.

  2. Hey Belinda. My tasks:

    1. Client wants a White Paper. Research – ‘what is a white paper?’ DONE

    2. Find a Scrivener white paper template – Google says go to Belinda. GOT IT!

    3. Research the topic. Oh dear …

    Thanks for the asset, Belinda


  3. I’m trying to open a template that is in my downloads folder with the file extension “.scrivtemplate” When I go to the “file/newproject/options/import templates” dialogue box the file browser does not see this file in the downloads folder.

    My understanding is that this file has been downloaded and installed successfully by many others and stores itself in the non-fiction section of the templates window. It is a valid template file and not a text file. I’m using Windows 10, the file was created using ios. Is there anything I can try to make this file visible so that it can be downloaded?

  4. please ignore above question. I copied the file from the downloads folder to the desktop and scrivener was able to see it from there. I’ll chalk this up to yet another unexplained windows 10 glitch.

  5. I can’t believe I didn’t find something so useful before! Finally a Scrivener template that has everything I need- I never even though of having objects and history be folders within Scrivener itself before! I love this and thank everyone involved in building this.

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