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Using ProWritingAid's Chapter Bar

Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

Content Lead

Published Jun 16, 2020

ProWritingAid chapter book

Are you working on a long text, like a full-length novel? If so, you’ve probably run into the “large piece of text” message before:

Large piece of text message

Previously, it would take a long time to run one of ProWritingAid’s 20 different reports on large texts.

Not any more!

We’re excited to introduce our new chapter bar!

ProWritingAid chapel panel

Now, if you’re working on a large document, you have the option to split it into chapters so that you can work on one chapter at a time.

Here’s how it works.

1: Upload a New Document

In order to use the chapter bar, you need to upload a new document as a .docx, .rtf, .odt, or .fdx file. Your document needs to be longer than 10,000 words with formatted headings for each chapter (e.g. "Chapter 1" must be formatted in your text as a heading).

2: Split the Document Into Chapters

When you upload a document that fits the qualifications outlined above, you’ll see a dialog box that asks how you want to open the document. Select that you want the document split into chapters. (Note: If you'd prefer to run your checks on the whole document, you still can!)

Split your document into chapters

3. Select the Chapter You Want to Work On

Once your document is uploaded in ProWritingAid, you can select the specific chapter you want to work on.

ProWritingAid chapter

4. Run Your Favorite ProWritingAid Reports

Now you can run your favorite ProWritingAid reports on each chapter one at a time. Say goodbye to the large document notification screen! Your reports will run faster and more efficiently. When you export your document, it will come back to you just the way you sent it in... chapters and all!

Have you tried our new chapter bar feature yet? Let us know in the comments what you think!


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Hayley Milliman

Hayley Milliman

Content Lead

Hayley is the Head of Learning at ProWritingAid. Prior to joining this team, Hayley spent several years as an elementary school teacher and curriculum developer in Memphis, TN. When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

Cool! It would be nice to have it in the Word ad-on as well!
By Erik Istrup Publishing on 20 September 2019, 09:21 AM
Okay. So, I've formatted my Chapters using Headings in MS Word.docx. .I have uploaded a document which has about 10200 words. I've entitled as CHAPTER 1, CHAPTER 2 etc I get the dialogue box but no options for Split. Natalie at yours says click on Use App. No mention of Chapter Bar. . Where do I go next?
By chris123 on 15 June 2020, 04:22 PM
I uploaded aWORD document with Chapter Headinfs entitled, Strawberry Pie HUNT (2).docx I did not ask to SPLIT? Help!
By drdmhunt on 24 June 2020, 09:34 PM
Hi there! See if you can close out of PWA (save your work first!!!) and try again. Sometime this does the trick. If it doesn't, let me know and I'll find another fix for you.
By writersneed2 on 24 June 2020, 11:20 PM
I could split my novel using the app in my browser but not through the desktop app. Did I miss something?
By true2source on 28 June 2020, 03:52 PM
Hi there! The split feature is only available in the web editor. Thanks for reaching out!
By writersneed2 on 01 July 2020, 01:36 PM
What do I do if I already uploaded my book that already had chapter titles and page breaks with every chapter in Open Office or odt. How do I then create the chapter bar? Also I have 3 chapters I worked on with PWA free version that I can't merge with the rest of my novel, about 6to 8 hrs of work. How can I do that?
By winfred0000 on 05 January 2021, 12:57 PM
Hi there! Great questions. In order to use the Chapter Bar feature, you'll need to re-format your work in the odt file to match the directions listed above. Once you've done that, you should be good to go! As for your other question - it sounds to me like you may have two accounts. Please email us at hello@prowritingaid.com so that we can take a look at what's going on and help you bring your writing together in one place. Cheers! :)
By amy.cohen on 05 January 2021, 04:06 PM
I am extremely frustrated! I previously sent a message stating that I was having problems with page delays on Web Editor. I was sent the suggestion to use the Chapter Splitting Function. I followed all the instructions and it won't split. I uploaded my document in Word docx and there was no box asking if I wanted to split it. May I please have some assistance because it is impossible to work with the document like this. I just changed from a monthly subscription to annual and I'm wondering if it is worth it. The software is great for the number of suggestions and reports it has but it is taking me forever to try and work with a large document (75,000 words).
By smdunn26 on 02 March 2021, 11:26 AM
Hi there! I'm so sorry that you're frustrated. Usually, when something like this happens it indicates that there is something off with the formatting. Do you have an index or a cover page as part of your document? Could you please try removing it and then re-submitting the document to the Web Editor? If this does not work, please play around with your headings. If that still doesn't work, please reach out to us at hello@prowritingaid.com! We try to answer queries within 48 hours, so I apologize if the turnaround time lags a bit. That being said, we'd be more than happy to help you get this sorted out!
By amy.cohen on 04 March 2021, 08:58 PM
One of my chapters is long and I want to divide it into two chapters. Can I add another chapter into the document. I've already imported it and have been working on it. I don't want to do this all over again. I just want to slide it one more teeny tiny little heading.
By kristinajjordanauthor on 06 March 2021, 02:48 PM
Hi there! Thanks for writing in about this. Unfortunately, I don't think that it's possible. Your best bet is to export the document, and the longer file with the new chapter properly formatted. I'm so sorry! I see how this might be a pain. Your idea is a good one! I'm making note of it.
By amy.cohen on 08 March 2021, 10:13 PM
This is working like a Champ for me. It was the last thing I needed to make my life of copy and paste to be over. Thanks.
By Yncs50 on 27 April 2021, 01:07 PM
We are so glad to know that! You are most welcome. :)
By amy.cohen on 30 April 2021, 11:41 AM
Like the others here, I tried the suggestions and fixes. I still can't get this to work. I removed the cover page, the header, and special formatting, then resaved it as a new document. It still don't get the dialog box to divide into chapters. Very frustrating.
By eleanor4 on 16 May 2021, 10:06 PM
Hi there! I'm so sorry to hear that. Please send us an email with your document attached to hello@prowritingaid.com so that we can test the document and try to locate the issue.
By amy.cohen on 19 May 2021, 08:35 PM

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