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How can I save my FD8 script as a template? (Mac)

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How can I save my FD8 script as a template? (Mac)


To save a script as a template so you don't have to reconfigure a new blank script every time:

  1. Go to File > Save As and give the file a different name, just to be on the safe side.
  2. If you want any text to appear in the template, leave it. If you want your new template to be blank, delete all the text from it (Command + A, then the Delete key).
  3. If you don't want the script's SmartType lists to be included in the blank template, go to Document > SmartType and click Rebuild for the Character and Location lists. This will quickly clear them.
  4. Go to File > Save As.
  5. Name your template.
  6. Change the Format dropdown menu to Final Draft Template (.fdxt).
  7. FD (retail version, not the Mac App Store version):
    1. Save the template to your Desktop and quit Final Draft (Command + Q);
    2. Go to Finder > Applications > Final Draft 8;
    3. Inside the Final Draft 8 folder, hold down the Control key and click on the Final Draft application icon.
    4. Click Show Package Contents;
    5. Go to Contents > Mac OS > Data > Stationery;
    6. Drag the template into the appropriate folder (Scripts or TV Templates);
  1. FD 8.0.2 and earlier: navigate the Save As window to save this file to Mac HD > Applications > Final Draft 8 > Stationery / Scripts;
  2. Click Save.

Once it's saved as a Template document in this folder, each time you go to File > New from Stationery / Scripts, you'll see the template. Open the template and you'll be in a new document, pre-set to your specs.

IMPORTANT: Live technical support (phone, chat, email) for Final Draft 8 has been discontinued. You will still be able to find information and solutions in this knowledge base and in the FD8 User Guide.

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Views: 10719 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Dec 29, 2017
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