Editor Panel

The Editor is where you’ll spend a lot of time working on your manuscript.

Formatting Toolbar

The Formatting Toolbar offers several capabilities for you to use while editing.

  • You can cut, copy, and paste.

  • You can toggle text from a bolded or italicized state to its reverse.

  • You can indent a paragraph, or lessen the indentation of a paragraph or remove it altogether.

  • You can insert a bulleted list like the one you are reading right now.

  • You can justify paragraphs, using the standard modes: left-justified, right-justified, or centered.

Editor Menu

Click on this button to show or hide the Formatting Toolbar.

Click on this button to increase the size of the font in the Editor. Note that increasing the size of the font in Granthika does not result in a larger font when you export to a Word or PDF file.

Click on this button to decrease the size of font in the Editor. As above, decreasing the size of the font in Granthika has no effect on the font size in exported files.

Click on this button to change the font you are writing in. In addition to several Roman fonts (Monserrat, Times New Roman, etc.), you can write in the following Indic scripts: Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oi Chiki, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, and Telugu.

Click on this button to show or hide the mentions in your manuscript’s text.

Mentions

Within the Editor, when you have “Show mentions” turned on, any existing mentions will appear with colored backgrounds. A mention that you have selected by clicking within it will have a darker line appearing beneath it.

You can create a mention by using the “@” shortcut, which might be familiar to you from Facebook or Twitter. Type the “@” character followed by a few characters. Then choose the story element you want to connect to your text from the drop-down menu. When you finish, the selected name or alias will be inserted into your text, and a connection will be automatically created.

You can also create a connection using the Context Menu, as described below.

Context Menu

When you select text in the Editor, you will see the Context Menu, which allows you to:

  • Create a new Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • Mention a new Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • Remove a mention of a Character, Location, Object, or Event from the selection.

  • For a mention, open the Quick Details dialog (see below).

  • For a mention, open the connected story element in its manager.

  • Create a discourse element (a part, chapter, scene, or section) from the selected text.

Quick Details

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When you are within a mention in the Editor, press the shortcut key Control-Q to see the Quick Details dialog for that story element.

The Quick Details dialog provides a summary of the essential information about that story element.

Manuscript Splitting

When you want to define the text above your cursor as a discourse element (a part, chapter, scene, or section), you can press the shortcut key Control+Enter. You will be offered a choice of discourse elements:

Ctrl+Enter DE Splitting Menu

Splitting a manuscript into DE elements using the Ctrl+Enter shortcut is particularly useful when importing works from other applications such as MS Word or Scrivener. The process is illustrated in the following tutorial: