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Orange arrow How can I save my FD10 / 9 script as a template? (Mac)

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  To watch a how-to video, click HERE. NOTE that this video shows Final Draft 9, but the process and the commands are the same in Final Draft 10. Go to File > Export and give the file a different name, just to be on the safe side; If you want any text to appear in the template, leave it. If y...
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Tagged: template, FDX, FD9


Orange arrow How can I save my FD7 / 6 script as a template?

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  To save an FD7 / 6 script as a template so you don't have to reconfigure a new blank script every time: Go to File > Save As and give the file a different name, just to be on the safe side. If you want any text to appear in the template, leave it. If you want your new template to be blank, d...
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Orange arrow I have Vista and Final Draft 7 can't save to my C: Drive or Final Draft tells me that my file is Read-Only when I try to save.

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  Vista places a great deal of emphasis on security and when this happens on a Vista computer, it's the operating system preventing Final Draft from saving the file to certain locations. The remedy here is to set Final Draft to run as Administrator. Close Final Draft; Go to Start > All Program...
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Tagged: Vista, FD7, saving


Orange arrow How can I clear or remove the title page from a Final Draft script?

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  To remove the title page from the PDF export: Final Draft 10 / 9: Go to File > Save As PDF and uncheck the Include Title Page box. Final Draft 8: Go to File > Save As PDF and uncheck the Include Title Page box. If you don't have the Save As PDF command in the File menu, download and run the...
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Tagged: title page


Orange arrow How does the Scene Heading element work?

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  The Scene Heading element is divided into three sections: Intro (INT./EXT.) Location Time of Day To properly use the Scene Heading element, you tab through it to get to each section. Do not press the Enter / Return key to move to the next section of the Scene Heading. 1. Type the letter "I...
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Orange arrow How can I change a character name throughout the script?

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  Final Draft 10 / 9: Go to Edit > Replace Character; From the dropdown menu, choose the character whose name you want to change; Enter the character's new name in the field and click OK. Note that the Replace Character function will correctly render the new character name in all element...
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Orange arrow The SmartType lists don't transfer when I copy and paste all or part of one script into another.

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  After pasting in the text, go to Document > SmartType and select each option (i.e. Characters, Locations) and click Rebuild. This will refresh the lists from the updated document....
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Tagged: SmartType


Orange arrow On Mac OS 10.4.11, nothing happens when I try to open Final Draft 8.

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  Due to the way OS X 10.4.11 handles permissions, you may be able to install Final Draft 8 without an error message but when you launch it, nothing happens. This occurs because the operating system is not allowing Final Draft to create certain items in the Application Support folder. To get past th...
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Orange arrow How can I save my FD8 script as a template? (Mac)

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  To save a script as a template so you don't have to reconfigure a new blank script every time: Go to File > Save As and give the file a different name, just to be on the safe side. If you want any text to appear in the template, leave it. If you want your new template to be blank, delete all...
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Orange arrow How can I change the color of my text or my page background?

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  Go to Document > Page Layout > Colors. You'll see the selections for Text, Background and Invisibles colors. Click on the color swatch (Mac) or the down-arrow next to the swatch (Win) and a palette will open; select the color you want and click OK. Note: This change of settings will affect o...
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Tagged: color, text


Orange arrow How do I change a whole script to another font?

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  The WRONG way: Highlight your entire script; Go to Format > Font and choose another font. If you do it this way, only the selected text will be changed and all typing you do after this point will still be in the old font. The RIGHT way: Go to Format > Elements (in FD10 / 9 for Wind...
Tagged: font, Courier


Orange arrow How do I create and save the title page in Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5?

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  Open the title page (Document > Title Page). Type your information in over the existing sample text. Go to File > Close. Once you're back at your script, simply resave it (File > Save). When you resave your script, the title page is saved with it. For information on including or ex...
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Tagged: FD6, title page, FD7


Orange arrow When I cut a letter at the end of the word and paste it into the text, it adds a space.

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  This is a known issue that does not occur in Final Draft 10 / 9. The workaround is to manually delete the extra space. Applies to FD 8 / 7 / 6...
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Orange arrow How do I create a new element?

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  Go to Format > Elements (Format > Element Settings in FD10 / 9 for Windows) and choose New. In the Element Name box, overtype the text that's there with the name of your new element. In this example, it's "SFX." 1. Set the new element's behavior, font and formatting with the controls on the ...
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Tagged: element


Orange arrow Final Draft 7: How can I make the title page the first page of the document?

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  Final Draft files do not present the title page as the first page of the script. The user must go to Document > Title Page to view the title page. Final Draft 7 does, however, save the script as a PDF with the title page as the first page. This is on by default. Click HERE for more information ...
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Tagged: PDF, FD6, title page, FD7



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