Scribophile

is a proud sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2018!

Editor Troubleshooting

Problems with quoting?

There are a few ways of quoting from a work:

  1. Highlight any text on the page that you want to quote and press ctrl + o.

  2. To apply quotation to text that is already in the editor, highlight that text and press the “Blockquote” button located on the bottom left of the editor toolbar. The button looks like a blue quotation mark.

  3. An alternate method of quoting is to surround the text you want to quote in the <blockquote> HTML tag. For an example, check out this dummy critique:

    Regarding this part of your work: <blockquote>this is a quotation</blockquote> I think you need to use more commas.

    When you submit your critique, the sections surrounded in <blockquote> tags will be displayed as quotations.

If methods 1 and 2 don’t work for you, method 3 is a guaranteed fallback.

Problems breaking out of quotes?

Sometimes if you quote something, it’s difficult to get your cursor outside of the quote so you can start typing your own words. To get around that:

  1. Place your cursor at the end of whatever is quoted, then press enter to move to the next blank line within the quotation.

  2. Click the Blockquote button in the bottom-left of the editor toolbar. It looks like a blue quotation mark.

That’s it!

Problems with pasting text from Microsoft Word?

If you’ve written some text in Word and are having trouble pasting it into the editor, try using the “Paste From Word” button on the editor’s toolbar—it looks like a clipboard icon.

Problems with formatting when pasting from Microsoft Word?

Scribophile removes a lot of formatting from your Word document in order to present readers with consistently-formatted writing throughout the site. So don’t get too upset if you can’t seem to exactly duplicate your Word document’s appearance in our editor—you’re not meant to.

The quickest solution to pasting text from Microsoft Word is to use the “Paste from Word” toolbar button on the editor toolbar. It looks like a clipboard.

Occasionally, Word doesn’t play nice with our editor when it comes to formatting like bold, italic, or justification. If you’ve pasted some text into the editor from Word and it doesn’t look right, try pasting it in using the “Paste From Word” button on the editor’s toolbar.

Much of the time, you’ll have to make some tweaks to the formatting by hand, as our editor rarely gets it 100% right.

If you’re still having major headaches with preserving formatting when pasting from Word, try removing the formatting first. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Create an empty plain text file on your desktop. Do this by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting New->Text Document.

  2. Open the file you just created by double-clicking on it.

  3. Paste the text you’ve copied from Word into the plain text document. You should now see your document, but with the formatting removed.

  4. Copy all the newly unformatted text from the text document and paste it into the Scribophile editor.

  5. Re-apply your formatting using our editor’s toolbar.

If you’ve posted a work and the formatting looks strange, don’t just delete the work and re-publish it in hopes of fixing the problem. This will almost certainly not work, and you’ll just waste your hard-earned karma points. Instead, follow the steps above to solve your formatting problems, or contact us for help.

Problems with loading or seeing the editor window?

Usually any problems related to loading the editor can be resolved by clearing your browser’s cache. This is a simple procedure that’s done a little differently in each browser. To find out how to clear your browser’s cache, just head to this page and follow the steps, then refresh the editor page.

Problems including images in your posted work?

If you’re a Premium member, you can include images in the work you post. For step by step instructions on how to do that, see this entry in our general FAQ.

Problems with making links clickable in forums posts?

When you include a link to a different website in a forums post, it automatically becomes clickable after you finish posting. But in order for it to become clickable, the link you type has to start with “http://” or “https://”. So “https://google.com” would become clickable, while just “google.com” wouldn’t. If your links aren’t clickable in your forums posts, check to see if you’re including the “http://” in front of the link.

Still stuck?

We’re here to help. Just send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.