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Editing Rundowns
Editing Rundowns
Alice DuBois avatar
Written by Alice DuBois
Updated over a week ago

A rundown is Scripto's version of a spreadsheet. The editing behavior might feel familiar if you've used MS Excel or Google Sheets. Here's the nitty gritty of how to edit a rundown in Scripto.

Parts of a rundown

Header is home to the rundown title and parent-folder locator button, last edited info, split editor controls and the close button.

Controls column is home to the controls for each row of the rundown: drag handle, row-selection checkbox. On script rows or rows that were imported from a script, the purple icon is also a link back to that script or text block.

Toolbar is where rundown menus live: Edit, Insert, Numbering, Hide / Show columns, and Export.

Key menu actions are also available in the context menu which you access by right clicking anywhere in the rundown grid.

Status bar is home to timing information on the right and user view preferences on the left.

Selecting & editing cells

Selecting a cell

Click once on a cell to select it. When a cell is selected, tapping your keyboard arrow keys will move your selection from cell to cell. You can also use Tab to move your selection forward to the next cell in the row or Shift + Tab to move your selection back to the previous cell in the row.

Power user keyboard shortcut: Command + arrow key will move your selection to the first or last cell in the row or column (depending which arrow key you tap.)

Editing a cell

When you have a cell selected, just start typing and the cell will switch into edit mode. Notice that when you're in edit mode, your arrow keys now move your cursor around the text inside that cell rather than moving your cell selection.

When you are done typing in a cell, hit Enter to move down to the next cell in a column or Tab to move forward to the next cell in the row. (Shift + Tab will move you back to the previous cell in the row.)

There are some power user nuances to be aware of if you want to edit a cell that already has text in it!

If you select a cell with text in it and just start typing, you'll replace the existing text with whatever you type. Handy in some cases, but annoying in others!

If you want to add to the existing text in a cell, either double click the cell to go directly into edit mode, or hit Enter and then start typing. When you have a cell selected and hit Enter, you go into edit mode without erasing the existing text.

Some columns in a rundown are specifically for timing information. The cells in these columns only accept durations. 0:23, 1:05 and 97 are all valid durations but Hello is not.

A tip for entering time values quickly is that you can simply type the number of seconds and Scripto will convert that into the standard "timing" syntax.

For instance, if you type "10" into a timing cell, Scripto will display that as 0:10

If you type "92" into a timing cell, Scripto will display it as 1:32

Row editing

Adding one new row

To add a new row to the rundown, select a cell, then click the Insert menu in the toolbar.

Select Insert row above to add a new standard row to the rundown. The row will be inserted above the row that your selected cell is in.

Depending on your rundown configuration, you may also see options for adding header rows such as an Act row or a Slug row.

Note that you can also access the Insert row actions from the context menu. To bring up the context menu, right click on any cell.

Bulk adding multiple rows

From the Insert menu or the Context menu, select Insert multiple rows...

A modal will open where you can input the number of rows you want to add. If you want to add the default 10 rows, just hit Enter. Otherwise, edit the number and enter Enter or click Insert.

Reordering rows

To move a row, click on its drag handle (six gray dots on the far left side of the row) then drag and drop it in the new position.

To move multiple rows at the same time, select all the rows you want to move, then click on the handle of any selected rows, drag them to the new location, then release.

Selecting rows

Select a row by checking the checkbox in the controls column.

To select multiple rows, you can click the checkbox for each row one at a time. But this approach is sloooooow so it's useful to know a few faster methods:

If you select one row, hold the Shift key, then select another row, every row between the two rows will automatically get selected.

If you hold the Option or Alt key and click on a header row, it will select all the rows until the next header of the same type. For instance, holding option and clicking an act row will select all the rows in that act, while holding option and clicking a slug row will select all the rows in that slug.

Unselecting rows

Click on the checkbox of a selected row to unselect it.

If you want to get rid of multi-row selections quickly, just click anywhere on the grid except for the controls column.

Deleting rows

To delete one row, select a cell (or the entire row) then open the Edit menu and select delete row. If you have just a cell selected, you'll delete the row that cell is on.

To delete multiple rows at the same time, select all the rows you want to delete and then select Delete rows from the Edit menu

You can also access the delete row action from the context menu.

Adding scripts to rundowns and importing rows

Adding scripts to a rundown and importing rows from a script into a rundown is such an important action that it gets its own page in our documentation. πŸ“šLearn more

Copy and pasting

Copy and pasting cells

Click on the cell you want to copy. Then press Command (⌘) + C or select Copy cell from the Edit menu or the Context menu.

Click on the cell you want to paste into and press Command (⌘) + V

Note that you can only paste into a cell using the keyboard shortcut. For security reasons, browsers don't let websites access your operating system's clipboard, which means Scripto can't initiate the "Paste into cell" action from our menus.

Copy and pasting rows

Select one or more rows that you want to copy. Then press Command (⌘) + C or select Copy # row from the Edit menu or the Context menu.

Pasted rows will not replace existing rows in the rundown!

Select a cell or row, and select Paste row above from the Edit menu or the Context menu. The copied row(s) will be inserted as new rows above the cell or row that you have selected.

There is no keyboard shortcut for pasting rows. If you are wondering why Scripto can support the paste rows action from a menu item but not paste into cell, the answer is that we use your operating system's clipboard for cell copy/paste but we do not use the clipboard for row copy paste.

Moving around the grid without a mouse

When you have a cell selected, you can move your selection up, down, left or right using the arrow keys.

If you hold command (⌘) while pressing an arrow key, Instead of moving your selection over by one cell, your selection jumps to the beginning or end of the row or column.

You can also move your cell selection to the left or right by pressing the tab key (to move right) or pressing shift + tab to move left.

To begin editing the content of a cell that you have selected, either just start typing OR you hit enter. If you just start typing, the contents of the cell will be replaced by whatever you type. If you hit enter, you'll enter edit mode and any contents of the cell will be selected.

When you're editing a cell, the arrow keys will move your cursor around the text in the cell. Command (⌘) + pressing an arrow key will jump the cursor to the start or end of the text in that cell.

When you are done editing a cell, move to the next cell in the column by hitting enter OR to next cell in the row by hitting tab. Press shift + tab if you want to go to the previous cell in the row.

Rundown columns

The columns that you see in your rundown have been customized for your workspace. You cannot manually add or re-order rundown columns but you can set your view preferences to hide columns you don't want to see. Click on the menu called Hide columns, un-check any columns you don't want to see, then hit Done. You're adjusting your own view preferences – hiding columns doesn't affect what anyone else sees.

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