The Scene Navigator view provides a top-to-bottom ordering of the scenes based on your script. The scene's Scene Heading and Scene Number are displayed. The toolbar at the top of the Scene Navigator lets users move and re-order scenes, copy entire scenes to the Scratchpad, and delete scenes. Any changes made within the Scene Navigator are automatically synchronized with the script in the Script Editor.
The Scene Navigator populates automatically as you write each new scene header in your script. Alternatively, if you import additional scenes to be appended to your existing script, they too will be added to the end of the Navigator.
Moving / Re-Ordering Scenes
- Scenes can be moved via drag and drop. Select the scene, then drag and insert it in its new position within the Navigator.
- Scenes can also be re-ordered using the UP / DOWN arrows. To move a scene up the list, select the scene and press the UP arrow. To move a scene down the list, select the scene and press the DOWN arrow.
- Move a scene to the ScratchPad by selecting a scene and then selecting the ScratchPad button at the top of the Scene Navigator. A confirmation dialog will appear to confirm moving the scene to the ScratchPad. To view the scene in the ScratchPad, select the ScratchPad icon below the Scene Navigator.
Double-clicking any scene in the Navigator will display that scene at the top of the Script Editor window.
Source(s): Script Editor solutions
Scenes can be added to your script in a few ways:
- As you Write
- As you write in the Script Editor, place your cursor where you want the new scene to appear and choose 'Scene Heading' from the Script Element dropdown menu in the Script Editor Toolbar, or apply the keyboard shortcut.
- Importing scenes from another script /version
- Any item imported into Celtx must be in a plain text format. To import scenes from one script to another, have your existing script open in the Editor, then select Script->Import Script. Navigate to the desired document and choose Open. When the document opens, the contents will be appended to the end of your existing script in the Editor.
- Cut and Paste
- Scenes from one Celtx script (or other plain text script) can be highlighted, Cut (or Copied) and Pasted into another Celtx script. (Please Note: Cutting and Pasting from MS WORD documents / scripts into Celtx scripts is NOT recommended.)
- If turned on, scene numbers (found in File->Page Setup) in the Editor and Scene Navigator will be re-ordered accordingly as new scenes are added.
Scenes can be deleted in the Scene Navigator by selecting the scene, then selecting red 'Delete' button from the Navigator toolbar. Alternately, scenes can also be deleted by right-clicking the scene context menu and selecting 'delete'. All delete functions are prompted with a confirmation dialog to confirm your decision to delete an item.
Scene Context Menu
To access the Scene Context Menu, right-click your mouse while in the Scene Navigator. Select a scene in the Navigator then choose one of the menu options below:
- Go To
- Send to ScratchPad
In version 0.9.9, Celtx occasionally inserts blank or invisible scenes. If these occur on the same line as a real scene heading, they can easily be removed by Sending them to the ScrachPad. But if they are embedded within a scene, they can be removed by editing the script-abc.html file (it's not actually called that, but replace the abc with whatever letters match your script). Locate the blank scene in the script, and find corresponding point in the html file. When a tag has a value like id="asdfefxxfe", this creates a scene or other database object, like a character, prop or whatever. If you find an id value in an unexpected place, remove the id="asdfefxxfe" and the blank scene will be removed without harming other aspects of your screenplay.