My novel project has hit a snag. Maybe the search & replace functionality is not yet complete? I’ll try to convey my recent experience of trying to replace all occurrences of a character’s name in a project.
The tooltip for “Find” in the Word Processor toolbar reads, “Find text in the document.” I remind myself that Scrivener terminology applies here – “document” means the current Scene, not the document as a whole (which AS calls the Project). To be clear, I’m in very much in need of a “global” Search & Replace function for the entire Project (but not including Notes, Research, or Fragments).
Well, more realistically OPTIONALLY including any of these Project components.
The present function “Find in Project” isn’t working as I would expect. I’m not sure if I’m missing the obvious, but when I run a Find in Project search, the result is just one block of text, taking over the left pane, with one (of many) hits in bold (color would be much easier to see).
Having examined and manually changed that hit, there is no Next or Previous button. I’m left with one result from a search and nothing further to be done.
More significantly, there’s no Replace in Project mode for this feature. I will have to use Find in Project to identify the NEXT Chapter containing any hits, click into the chapter text, and then use Find & Replace in the current chapter to make all the changes. Since there are scores of chapters, this isn’t a practical solution.
Finally, it took me a while to discover that, unlike the Find in Tree function, I can’t dismiss the results from the left pane. Instead, I must switch to the Project toolbar and select Document. This is a little inconsistent, and the affordance to dismiss the Find in Project results is rather far away from the command that created it.
I hope this highly subjective feedback is helpful,