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Orange arrow What is Format Assistant?

  Format Assistant is used to check the script for formatting errors. Final Draft is designed to automatically format a script correctly. But because formatting errors may unintentionally occur while you are writing, the Format Assistant will alert you if a script has: Elements that begin with a ...
Posted in: Features

Orange arrow Should there be two blank lines between transitions and scenes?

  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 (Windows) or ...
Posted in: Formatting

Orange arrow In Final Draft 8, if I use a Transition element for FADE IN:, how can I set it to be on the left-hand side?

  Place your cursor anywhere in the words FADE IN: ...and click on the Elements dropdown menu. On Mac it's at the bottom of the screen... and on Windows it's at the top in the Toolbar. Choose General and this block of text will align to the left margin: IMPORTANT: Live technical support (...
Posted in: Settings

Orange arrow I imported a script from Word (or another program) and it's all messed up. How do I get it back in shape?

  If you import a script from another program (or you have rebuilt a damaged Final Draft file) and you find that, for example, you have scene headings that are formatted as action or character names that are formatted as dialogue, you can easily get these pieces of text looking the way they're suppos...
Orange arrow I imported a script from another program and now it's several pages longer (or shorter).

  Other programs do not paginate a script the way Final Draft does and when a file is imported into Final Draft, the page count will almost certainly be different. Element margins, top and bottom margins, page breaking, line breaking, line spacing and especially the font -- even if a Courier font is ...
Orange arrow Applying a custom template to a script in for Mac (applies to the retail version, not the Mac App Store version)

  Create your template (File > Save As > Final Draft template) and save it to the Desktop; Quit Final Draft ((Command + Q); Go to Finder > Applications > Final Draft 8; CTRL + Click > Show Package Contents; Go to Contents > Mac OS > Data > Stationery; Drag the template in...
Posted in: Formatting

Orange arrow How can I change a script's formatting?

  If you need to change any of the attributes of any of the elements that comprise a script, go to Format > Elements (Mac) or Format > Element Settings (Windows). Here you will find controls and settings for each element (Scene Heading, Character Name, Dialogue, etc.). Settings for keyboard sh...
Posted in: Basic Functions

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