Commands and what they do.

Hamburger menu Click this to show what the other icons mean.

Save Document - Saves the current project.

Start Page - Go to the start page to open or create a new project.

Select Chapter - If you have more than one chapter this will display a menu to allow you to select a chapter for editing.

Show Notepad - Shows the notepad. If the notepad is already visible, this will hide it.

Show Character notes - Shows the synamic character notes screen. If already visible, this will hide it.

Rearrange and Rename Chapters - Shows the Chapter Management screen.

Generate HTML - Format the document for Print or ebook.

Import a file - Import a plain text file.

Settings - Change the default font. Manage autosave and backups.

Keeping it simple - flowing text.

Scrollistic has very few formatting tools as the goal of the software is to generate clean text which is print and ebook friendly. The task of formatting is handled by an editable CSS style sheet. The only commands available are bold, italic and underline.

Whilst we do not actively support it, arbitrary HTML can be entered should you require. Feel free to experiment but obviously we cannot offer specific support if you intend to take this path. HTML must be surrounded by <live> and </live> otherwise it will be treated as text.

We are open to suggestions if you have any proposed features that would help. Get in touch via the contact form.

All about Chapters.

When you start a new project, a default chapter is created for you. When you need another chapter you can click the "Select Chapter" icon and click "Add a new Chapter". You can then select the chapter and continue writing.

Alternatively, click "Rearrange and Rename Chapters" to go to the chapter management screen where you can add multiple chapters (with the "+" button) and assign chapter names if required.

If you want to delete a chapter, highlight it and click the "-" button.

If you want to move a chapter, select the chapter and drag it to it's new position. Note: Don't click in the chapter name box, you cannot drag from there.

Please note. We strongly recommend creating a backup of your document before rearranging or deleting chapters as this cannot be undone later. Go to "Settings" and select "Backup Now".

If you do not want chapter names you can ignore them. When you generate your document you can specify how chapter titles are displayed. if you do not require chapter names select the style "Chapter 1" without a name.

Note: You can turn off a chapter header by opening the chapter manager and unchecking "Number Chapter". This will set the chapter number to zero and will not be visible is the finished document.

Chapter outlines.

The chapter management screen also allows you to display and enter chapter outlines.

If you prefer to plan your manuscript before writing, you can enter the chapter outline for each chapter and plan out what events go in which chapter.

When you return to the main document editing windows you can display the current chapter outline in place of the cliplist. The width of the outline can be changed by dragging the resize bar.

The Notepad - A space for your ideas.

The notepad is yours to use however you want. It is designed to store notes and organise all your ideas, snippets of description and dialogue, research notes and active weblinks. Here are some of the features.

If you want to create a new note or paste some text, right click on any unused area of the notepad. Select the appropriate action from the menu. You can move notes by click and drag.

You can also paste a web address (URL), this will create an active link note. You can add a caption by right clicking on the link and selecting "Add a note".

Right click on an existing note to show a menu of commands available. To Split a note into two smaller notes, position the cursor at the required split point before right clicking.

Move to Cliplist and Copy to Cliplist allow you to move text between the notepad and the current document. Anything in the Cliplist will be saved so you can also store snippets of text should you need to.


Words typed in the current session - You can set a daily writing session goal for yourself and be informed when you have reached it.

To set an alert:

1. Go to "Stats" and decide on the word count target for the session.

2. Go to "Alerts" and make sure that both alerts are turned on.

Once an Alert has been triggered, it will be turned off. You can reset the session word count to zero in the stats panel.


The Stats window show the current session word count and duration. It also shows the target word count for the document and a simple graph showing the size of the document over time. If you have a target for the size of the document it will adjust the graph to reflect this.

Advanced Use There may be times when you want to change the historical data. Scrollistic looks for any .daycount files in the document folder when a project is opened. If it finds any .daycount files it will process then and save the details in a file called "statistics.history". This is a simple text file and can be edited with windows notepad.

Alternatively, you can create a .daycount file in the projects folder and then open your document and let Scrollistic process the file.

To create a .daycount file in Windows Notepad - Open notepad, type the number of words as a single number, eg "20510". Then save the file in the project folder with the name YYYYMMDD.daycount. eg "20161201.daycount" holds the count for 1 december 2016. (Please note the order of MM and DD is the european standard which preserves the sort order in lists). .daycount files are deleted once they have been processed.