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How to Use ProWritingAid's Desktop App to Edit Scrivener Files

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Scrivener is a powerful word processor that many successful writers use to plan, organize, and write their work. In this article, we break down how to use Scrivener with ProWritingAid's Desktop App to improve your writing.

  1. How to Use ProWritingAid with Scrivener
  2. Looking for quick tips to get started with Scrivener and ProWritingAid? Watch this video overview of the process:

How to Use ProWritingAid with Scrivener

While Scrivener offers some fantastic tools for making the editing process easier, combining Scrivener and ProWritingAid can upgrade your editing even further.

Here's how to use the two tools together.

First, you’ll want to make sure you’ve downloaded and installed ProWritingAid’s desktop app. You need to have a Premium ProWritingAid license to use the Desktop app. If you don't have a Premium license, you can always upgrade.

After logging in to your ProWritingAid account, you’ll see this screen:

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Since you’ve already created your project in Scrivener, click Open. Then, select your Scrivener project from your computer and click to open.

Important: Make sure your project is closed in Scrivener when you open it in ProWritingAid. Otherwise, your changes won't save.

Once you've selected your file, it will open in the Desktop app. Don't worry if you don't see your formatting—it will be preserved when you reopen the saved file in Scrivener after editing.

On the left-hand side of the ProWritingAid app, you’ll see a navigation pane very similar to Scrivener’s binder. This navigation pane works the same way as Scrivener’s binder: you can collapse and expand folders to view and open your different texts.

ProWritingAid Scrivener

Navigate down to the scene you want to edit and click to open.

From there, the ProWritingAid window on the right-hand pane will display your text. You can pull up the reports and tools we all know and love, like:

  • Style
  • Grammar
  • Overused words and phrases
  • Cliches
  • Sticky words
  • Diction
  • Repeats
  • Sentence Length
  • Pronouns
  • Alliteration
  • Homonyms
  • Transitions
  • Thesaurus
  • House Style check
  • Plagiarism report

Statistics will appear in the left pane after choosing a specific report. You can return to the folder navigator for your Scrivener project at any time by selecting the “X” in the upper right corner of the pane.

ProWritingAid Scrivener 1

While in the ProWritingAid app, you can run through all the changes you need to improve your writing.

Once you've completed all the edits you want to make, go to the ProWritingAid menu and click "Save" to save the changes in your document.

Any changes saved within the ProWritingAid Desktop App will show up when you open the same project file again in Scrivener. No need to import or copy-and-paste.

Looking for quick tips to get started with Scrivener and ProWritingAid? Watch this video overview of the process:

The best way to find out how much ProWritingAid can do is to try it yourself!

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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.

This is the way that I primarily use the desktop software. It's great in almost all aspects for working through issues in your document and each change is saved as a Snapshot within Scrivener so you can easily track changes. The only issue is that the word count at the bottom right corner is inaccurate. It has improved with recent updates but is still misleading and I would recommend everyone to ignore this number.
By timzwriter1 on 21 March 2021, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the love! The word count is something that we take seriously, but use a different metric to calculate. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes! And thanks for sharing your feedback.
By amy.cohen on 24 March 2021, 01:44 PM
I installed Desktop Prow Writing Aid, but cannot find my main Scribner files. The use of prowrituingaid would greatly assist me in editing my novel, but I must copy and paste portions of the novel to use it. Very inefficient. Any help appreciated.
By 300penguins on 04 April 2021, 06:36 AM
Hi there! I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't had an easier time with ProWritingAid and Scrivener thus far. Please reach out to us at so that we can take a closer look at the issue and offer you some viable solutions!
By amy.cohen on 08 April 2021, 04:49 PM
A great tool... and the integration to Scrivener makes it so much easier! Thanks!
By simpsong00 on 12 May 2021, 08:01 PM

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