Scrivener for Thesis Writing: Icons


Icons in the Scrivener Binder are a great tool to quickly orientate yourself in your writing.

Icons in Scrivener Binder have two functions

  1. Icons can tell you some basic information about your writing
  2. Icons can visually orientate you to different sections of your thesis

Firstly, the Scrivener Manual has this easy to read Table about Icons. This explains how the icons change depending on whether you have written a synopsis, main text or have snapshots associated with your writing.


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Key to Standard File and Folder Binder Icons in Scrivener


Secondly, you can easily change the icons from the standard ‘page’ and ‘folder’ view to something more visually appealing if you want.

  • Select any document within your thesis structure (Tip: The main “Thesis” (manuscript) icon cannot be changed)  and right-click
  • Choose Change Icon -> select the icon you want
  • Voile – you have changed your icon!
Scrivener for Thesis Writing: Customise your Icons

Right-click and access the icon management section. Scrivener comes with some built in icons but it is very easy to add your own customised icons


If you choose to change from the standard icons- you will lose the ‘extra’ information (such as whether a synopsis has been written or the document has main text). If you change the icon but change your mind- it’s easy to get back to the standard paper/folder icon via select document -> right-click – > Change Icon -> Reset Icon to Default

My next post will be about customisable icons!

Happy Thesis Writing



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About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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