Tech Tips: How to Reformat Paragraphs

Sep 8, 2017 | Tech Tips

Sometimes, paragraphs in Final Draft are inadvertently misformatted – Action paragraphs mistakenly render as character names, Scene Headings look like Transitions, lines of dialogue look like Parentheticals.

Fortunately, misformatted text is easy to fix. Simply place the blinking cursor in that block of text. There’s no need to highlight the entire section.

With the keyboard:

Windows: Press Control + Shift + Number of the element to which you’d like to convert the text. The element number is displayed at the bottom of the script window when you press and hold down the Control key.

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Mac: Press Command + Option + Number of the element to which you’d like to convert the text. The element number is displayed at the bottom of the script window when you press and hold down the Command key.

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With the mouse:

Click into the paragraph and select the right element from the dropdown menu:

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Finally, if you have a lot of reformatting to do, go to Tools > Reformat and the Reformat utility will come up:

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This gizmo highlights a paragraph and when you click the appropriate button, the highlighted text will be reformatted as that paragraph type.  Then the next paragraph will be highlighted.  And so on.

That’s pretty much all there is to it – you’ll have your screenplay back to being properly formatted in no time.