Scrivener | Back up to Dropbox and Jazz up Your Interface

How to Back up, Manage and Retrieve Your Work Using Dropbox and Customize Your Scrivener User Interface
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57min of on-demand video
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Back up your work to DropBox in the cloud so that if your computer crashes or is stolen your work can be retrieved via another computer by logging in to your dropbox account and downloading the backup file to whatever computer you are currently using. Then learn how to store your Scrivener projects inside your Dropbox account so that you can access them from any of your computers that have Scrivener loaded on them. Lastly, learn how to customize the user interface for optimum readability and to suit the way you like to work in Scrivener.


  • Students need to have Scrivener software installed, but I am going to show you how to install and open DropBox


PLEASE NOTE That this is an excerpt from Scrivener | Everything You Need to Know from Idea to Launch. If you are enrolled in that course you have no need for this one.

Never lose your hard earned work again. Dropbox is a cloud storage system that allows you to access data over the internet instead of using your computer's hard drive. This means that you can back up your Scrivener projects inside your Dropbox account and access them from any of your other devices that have Scrivener installed even if your computer is lost or crashes.

In just 15 minutes I'm going to show you how to open a Dropbox account and get your Scrivener software to redirect your backup folders to it. Then I'm going to show you how to store your actual Scrivener projects on Dropbox so that you can switch between any of your computers that have scrivener installed whenever you want to work on your projects.

Then I am going to show you some of the useful ways you can adjust the colors of the Scrivener user interface for optimum readability as well as how to assign different label colors to your documents and have them show up in your binder, on your index cards and in your rows when you are in the list style outliner view

Who this course is for:

  • This course is ment for anyone who is using Scrivener writing software who would like to know how to back-up their projects to Dropbox


Author, Writing Software Teacher and Book Cover Designer.
Karen Prince
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I started my career as an interior designer but have always had a passion for books. In 2013 I wrote one, but like most authors did not have any connections in the publishing world so I decided to format it myself and publish it on Amazon. It was even a bestseller for a very short time.

During the writing and publishing process I was surprised to find how many of my author friends were being held back by not knowing how to get the best out of their writing software and not knowing how to self publish their books so I transitioned into writing books about writing software and teaching people how to self publish.

I had to learn Screenflow to make marketing videos for my books but soon discovered that it is much easier to explain software in a video than it is in a book so I switched to making video courses instead. 6 courses on Udemy so far and 3 are bestsellers.

So my mission statement is to inspire as many people as possible to embrace all the amazing technology we have access to these days that makes publishing easier than ever, and get them to write and publish their own stories and create their own video courses about what they know.

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