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Orange arrow How do I delete the CONTINUED from places where it shouldn't be?

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  If the top of the page begins with a Scene Heading or an Act Break element designated to break a page, no Continueds will show at the bottom of the previous page or at the top of the next page. If it does, there is an paragraph other than a Scene Heading or an Act Break at the top of the page. You...
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Orange arrow How can I change the way my script looks?

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  You can globally change any attribute of any element any time. For example, if you want all of your action to be in italics, Go to Format > Elements Setup (FD10 / 9 for Windows) or Format > Elements (FD10 / 9 for Mac / FD8 / 7); Choose Action from the list on the left; Click the Font tab...
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Orange arrow Should there be two blank lines between transitions and scenes?

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  Two blank lines above a Scene Heading or a Shot are considered by many to be standard screenplay format. Final Draft's default Screenplay template is already set this way. If you are working with a script not set this way and you want to change it, go to Format > Elements Settings (FD10 / 9 on ...
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Orange arrow Why are there two blank lines above a Scene Heading and a Shot?

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  Two blank lines above a Scene Heading or a Shot is generally considered to be standard screenplay format and all of Final Draft 10 / 9's screenplay templates are configured this way. If you want to change this, go to Format > Elements Setup (Windows) or Format > Elements (Mac), click Scene He...
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Orange arrow I delete a character "CONT'D" but it keeps coming back.

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  If you have the Auto Character Continued turned on, the program will place this wherever a character's dialogue continues within a scene. If you don't want these continueds, then you will want to turn off this feature by going to Document > Mores & Continueds and unchecking the box for Autom...
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Orange arrow How can I reformat a paragraph with the keyboard?

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  To render a block of text as a different element with the keyboard (to change for example a Scene Heading to Action), simply place the blinking cursor in that block of text. There's no need to highlight the entire section. Windows: Press Control + Shift + Number of the element to which you'd like ...
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Orange arrow Is the Final Draft screenplay template industry-standard format?

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  Yes. Our format is based on industry consensus of how a script should look. Of course, there will always be variations to the format based on studio or production company requirements. If you're going to submit a script to a particular studio or producer, you may want to check to see if they have a...
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Orange arrow What is a Cole & Haag Screenplay?

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  The Cole & Haag format is an older screenplay format from Cole and Haag's book "Standard Screenplay Formats - Part I." The margins are shifted slightly to the right. Based on what we know from many agencies, studios and production companies, the Cole & Haag format isn't used much anymore. ...
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Orange arrow Does Final Draft have a novel format?

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  Yes. Go to File > New from Template (FD10 / 9) or File > New from Stationery (FD8 / 7). Under the Text Documents is an option for the Novel format. When you open it, there will be some sample text; look it over to see how it's formatted. Go to Edit > Select All to highlight everything and...
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Orange arrow Can Final Draft do character extensions in lower case?

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  To the best of our knowledge, all caps is the consensus in the industry for a character extension next to the character name (parentheticals below the character name are lower-case). There are nevertheless a couple of ways you can have lower-case character extensions. Go to Document > Mores and...
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Orange arrow How can I make my characters and dialogue side by side on the page?

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  This is called Dual Dialogue. Type the character names and dialogues in normally; Place your cursor in the first character name; Choose Format > Dual Dialogue (or on Mac hit Command+D on the keyboard); The two pieces of dialogue will be aligned side by side....
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Orange arrow Can I change a script's format without retyping it?

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  Yes. With your file open, go to Format > Elements. Click Apply a Template (FD10 / 9 / 8 / 7.1x) or Load (FD 7.0x / 6 / 5). You will get a list of various formats. Select the format you want and OK your way back to the script. If you want to load the formatting elements of an existing file, clic...
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Orange arrow Some paragraphs that should be in all caps (such as Scene Heading) have become mixed case.

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  This issue is caused by selecting text in multiple paragraphs (one of which should be in all caps), going to Format > Set Font, unchecking the All Caps box and pressing OK. To remedy this: Go to Format > Elements > Scene Heading > Font tab > click Set Font > uncheck All Caps...
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Orange arrow Does Final Draft have a theater format?

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  Yes. Go to File > New from Template (FD10 / 9) or File > New from Stationery (FD8). Select Scripts and in this section you will see several stageplay templates. Double-click that to open a new play script. There are several accepted formats for stageplays. If you are going to submit your pla...
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Orange arrow How do I insert a hard return (line break)?

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  Final Draft 10 / 9: Press Enter / Return when the blinking cursor is somewhere in a line of text (pressing Enter / Return at the end of a line will insert a new paragraph). Final Draft 8 / 7: Press Shift + Enter / Return. To create extra space between two paragraphs, not use this keyboard shortcu...
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