How to Use Scapple

Starting a
Project

Scapple starts
you with a clean, blank page full of possibilities (or crippling anxiety, your
choice). Whether a plotter or pantser, you can start right in with Scapple, plan
or no plan.

One Note

  1. Double-click anywhere on the screen and a text
    box will appear.
  2. Type whatever data you need, have, wish you had,
    or borrowed from another writer.
  3.  Click outside the text box and ta-da, you have
    your first note.

Two Notes

  1.  To add a second note, double-click in another location.
  2.  Type.
  3.  Click outside the note. You are totally on your
    way.

Three Notes

  1.  Other ways to add notes besides the double-click.
    Go to the Notes menu.
  2.  Click on:

a.       New
Stacked Note—a new note will appear under the last note you created if you are
still in your current note.

b.      If
no note is selected, add another one with New Note.

c.       To
add a Connected Note (with a link between), click on the parent (first) note, and
under the Notes menu, select Connected Note. Choose where the connected note
will appear (above, below, etc.)

More!

Editing Notes

     Simple—Double-click
on any note to edit the text.

     Fancy—Get the Inspector

  • Click on the View menu and choose Show Inspector.
    It defaults to the Note Style tab. This will display a handy pop-up formatting menu
    with various style elements—font, size, color, fill, border color, and shape. Great
    for distinguishing various plot elements, notes for yourself, or character
    arcs. (Note, the Inspector likes to linger as if it’s its own programs. Right
    now, it’s visible on my MS Word screen.) Just minimize the Inspector window to remove
    it from the screen.)
  •  On the Document tab of the Inspector, further
    customize the screen with background colors and textures, text colors, fonts,
    and alignment. You can set defaults on this menu.

     More Fancy—Additional
borders

  • Click on any note and select the Notes menu,
    then New Background Shape Around Note. This will add another rectangle or square
    shape around the note (and extra border). This can differentiate your note from
    others. (Maybe it’s a plot beat or a section that needs work.)

Less Notes

  • To remove a note, select the note by clicking on
    it. Then either Right-Mouse click and select Delete. Or open the Edit menu and
    choose Delete.

Moving Notes

  • Click and drag a single note to a new location.
  • Or  draw a
    square/rectangle around the notes to select multiple notes. Drag or use the Notes
    menu to Stack, Align, or Distribute the notes.

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