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How do I use the header label system?

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How do I use the header label system?

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Header Labels are typically used to display the act and/or scene number in the header of each page. They have the ability to hold customized text for successive sections of the script.

The first step is to configure the header so that it contains a Label field. Click HERE to go to the page in the Final Draft 10 manual for directions. Note that these directions apply to FD9 / 8 / 7 as well.  (The directions given are for Mac but Final Draft for Windows works the same way.)

Once the header has a label field:

Create Header Labels for the appropriate sections in your script.

    1. Place the cursor at the top of the page where you want the first label;
    2. Go to Insert > Label (FD9) or Document > Insert Label (FD8 / 7);
    3. Type in the text as you want it to appear in the label. In this example it's "ACT I" but can be whatever you need, e.g. "ACT I / Scene 4", "2/4", "IV/2", etc.;
    4. Click OK.

This label will appear in the header of every page of the these script from that point forward.

When Act I ends and Act II begins, go to the page on which Act II starts.

  1. Place the cursor at the top of the page;
  2. Go to Insert > Label (FD9) or Document > Insert Label (FD8 / 7);
  3. Type in the text as you want it to appear in the label (i.e. "ACT II");
  4. Click OK.
  5. Now "ACT II" will appear on every page of the script from that point forward;
  6. Insert more labels as needed until every section of the script has the appropriate information in the header.

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Views: 15086 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Sep 11, 2016
Posted in: Features, Production
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