How to Use the Format Bar, Header Bar, and Ruler in Scrivener’s Editor

Like any app that handles text, Scrivener gives you options for formatting your writing. You can use styles to ensure consistency in your projects, and you can manually format text when you need to make certain words bold or italic. You can format text using Scrivener’s menus, keyboard shortcuts, and you can also use the Format Bar.

You can set up margins, tabs, and indentation using the Ruler. This is especially useful if you need to set off text in a block quote, or to create tables.

The Header Bar tells you which document you’re editing, lets you navigate forward and backwards, and has some tools to work with the editor.

Here’s how to use the Format Bar and Ruler in Scrivener.

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