Once you have imported your document from a text file, Word document, or by copying from a PDF file and pasting into Screenwriter (links to directions for each at end this article), you should go through the document to make sure everything is properly formatted.
REASSIGN ELEMENT STYLES
Go through the document and reassign the element styles. You may do this by using the drop-down list in the top toolbar, or by using the keyboard shortcut keys.
The keyboard shortcuts for Screenwriter are:
- CTRL+1 -- Scene Heading
- CTRL+2 -- Action
- CTRL+3 -- Dialogue
- CTRL+4 -- Parenthetical
- CTRL+5 -- Character Name
- CTRL+6 -- Shot
- CTRL+7 -- Transition
- CTRL+9 -- Note
The other useful shortcut is CTRL+DOWN ARROW, which moves you to the next element.
THE CORRECTION PROCESS
The process for reassigning element styles is as follows:
- Import your document
- If necessary, change the element style of the current element.
- Use CTRL+DOWN ARROW to move to the next element until you've located an incorrectly formatted element.
- Press the appropriate CTRL key to reassign the element to the correct style.
- REPEAT STEPS 3 & 4 until you reach the end of the document
NOTE: PDF files store text in strange ways, especially around page breaks, that is not visible when displayed as a PDF. However, when you copy and paste the text into a word processor, those anomalies show up as text moved to other places within the new document.