Find the DIALOGUE Tab in WORD’s Ribbon
Add a new Script
Add a scene
Start Writing the Script
Follow Your Story: Outline, Acts. Sequences, Story Lines
Manage your Scene Numbers
Delete, Cut and Paste Scenes
Convert and reformat unformatted scripts
Prepare to Publish
Script Items: Characters, Locations and Story Lines
Find the DIALOGUE Tab in WORD’s Ribbon:
In case DIALOGUE tab is not found, please read Troubleshooting in the
end of this document.
Add a new Script:
When adding a new script, select script’s language (last language becomes default)
- To add a new script: SCRIPT group > New Script
Add a scene:
At the start of every scene, add the Scene Heading.
For example “INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT – DAY”
To benefit all the tools and options and to ensure correct format, always use the command Add Scene
Note: DIALOGUE adds the scene heading inside content control, a transparent box (we call it Scene
Control). This protects the numbering and the valid format of the scene heading. You can easily edit the
scene heading: Double click on the control or select the command “Edit Scene Heading”.
Click one click on the scene control to see the scene title (if you’ve added one before)
You can manage
- To add Scene Heading: SCENE HEADING group > Add Scene Heading or short cut key Alt+N
- To edit Scene Heading double click on the control or (while you are within the scene) selectthe command “Edit Scene Heading” or short cut key Alt+E
- To watch scene title click one click on scene control
Start Writing the Script:
The Script Styles ensures that the script will be well formatted according to professional requirements in
the cinema and television industry.
To ease your workflow, “Character” style follows “Action” style and “Dialogue” style follows “Character”
style. All script styles have short cut keys.
While you are writing, DIALOGUE learns the characters in the script and assigns short cut to each character.
- To apply ACTION style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Action or Alt+A
- To apply CHARACTER style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Character or Alt+C
- To apply DIALOGUE style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Dialogue or Alt+D
- To apply PARATHENTICAL style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Parathentical or Alt+P
- To apply SHOT style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Shot or Alt+S
- To apply TRANSITION style: SCRIPT STYLES group > Transition or Alt+T
- To manage the characters in the script, short cuts and character’s list: SCRIPT ITEMS group> Characters
Follow Your Story: Outline, Acts. Sequences, Story Lines:
Before you begin, and while you are writing, you can watch your script from bird’s eye view in an intuitive
and friendly table. You can use properties that can help you plan, analyze, edit and understand your script
structure while and after writing. You can also Watch Overview and Structure tutorial.
- Scene Title: One-liner, scene’s content in one line.
- Acts and sequences to groups of scenes.
- Plots and sub plots defined as Story Lines that can be attached to scene and displayed incolors (up to four story lines in a scene)
- Flag and Mark scenes for later reference. The marked scene displayed in scene table inbold.
- If you are using the comments feature in Word, Option to view, add and edit commentsaccording to scenes.
- Filter scenes according to criteria. For example, scenes in specific sequence, scenes inspecific story line, scenes in daytime.
- Edit the script from scene table: cut, paste, add and delete scenes.
- Various reports on script.
- To work with Scenes Table: OVERALL VIEW group > Scenes Table or Alt+G
- To generate Reports : OVERALL VIEW group > Reports
Manage your Scene Numbers:
While writing, it is convenient to let DIALOGUE number your scenes in sequential order, or just to hide
them. In the preproduction stage, you can switch to Production Mode. In production mode the scene
numbers are locked to enable production prepare the shooting. When you delete scenes or add a new
scene between scenes, the numbers are not refreshed and the new scene is a combination of numbers and
letters (30A, 30B). You or the production can change numbers manually according to production needs.
- To change numbering mode: Scene Heading group > Numbering
- To change number manually: by Edit Scene Heading or Scenes Table (enabled in productionmode only)
Delete, Cut and Paste Scenes:
You can edit the scenes in your script in three methods:
- Delete, cut and paste scenes directly, by selecting the scene you want, like in any other Worddocument.
- Use delete, cut, copy and paste commands in the Scene Group. The advantage is thatDIALOGUE selects the scene range automatically and ensures you will not miss any part.
- Use Scenes Table. The advantage of the table is the overall view on the script and easy wayto move scenes from one place in the script to another.
- To Delete, Cut and Paste Scenes: Directly in the script Or Scene Group > Delete, Cut, Copyand Paste commands Or Overall View Group > Scenes Table
Convert and reformat unformatted scripts:
Semi-automatic wizard can reformat scripts that were not written with Dialogue.
At first stage, use Script Convert Wizard. The wizard will ask instructive questions and will gather
information about the script you want to convert (e.g.: what is the scene heading format, are there spaces
at paragraph start etc.) and then will copy the script to a new DIALOGUE script. You can ask the wizard to
guess scene headings and styles.
At second stage, use Style Changer to move paragraph by paragraph. If you have selected the Guess Styles
option the Style Changer will learn the character’s names and change character names paragraphs and
dialogues automatically as well as scene headings.
- To convert script (First stage): Script Group > Convert to DIALOGUE
- To reformat styles (Second stage): Script Styles Group > Style Changer
Prepare to Publish:
While writing, we are not always careful on clarity and uniformity. Sometimes a character’s name might not
be in the right style, dialogue might be without the character’s name etc. Publish, check and title page
commands supply you with some tools for proofreading of script format. Starting from deleting empty
paragraph that might enlarge the script, continue with displaying errors in format for you to fix.
Add More and Cont’d
DIALOUGE manages dialogue paragraphs, which continue from one page to the next page, by adding
“(MORE)” in the end of first page and inserting the character name again in the next page “ANN (CONT’D)”.
You can turn on and off this feature from Publish> More & Cont’d mode. When turned to “on”
DIALOGUE will add the More & Cont’d and keep update\refresh it every time before print and before save (but not before save as). When turned to “off” More & Cont’d will be removed.
- To prepare script for publish: Script Group > Publish
- To Check errors in script: Script Group > Check
- To manage More & Cont’d: Script Group > Publish> More & Cont’d Mode(On)
- To add Title Page: Script Group > Title Page
Script Items: Characters, Locations and Story Lines:
Manage script items, add, delete, and edit script items. Replace a character’s name or location in the script
You can open new script and import characters, locations or story lines from previous script (for example in
case of chapter in a series or rewriting completely new version of existing script).
- To view, change and import Characters: Script Items Group > Characters
- To view, change and import Locations: Script Items Group > Locations
- To view, change and import Story Lines: Script Items Group > Story Lines
- To Import all\ part of Script Items to new script: Script Group > New Script > check the”Import items from previous script” box.