Can someone help me with indentation?


I have a problem with the intendations in Scrivener.
Normally I write with latex, so this was nothing I’ve cared about, up to now.

Sometimes if I hit enter he intends, sometimes not. Sometimes the intendation is larger than usual.
Is there are way to set this stuff in way that it works consistently? Or, more specific, can someone explain to me how this whole intendation-stuff works? It’s kinda black magic for me at the moment, as I’m not using WYSIWYG very often :wink:

I know, my problem is not specified enough, but to be honest, i have no idea what’s the problem… I don’t understand how to work with intendation, new paragraphs and so on. What triggers a new paragraph? How can I force Scrivener to make a new paragraph? And how can I set the right intendation?

Maybe someone understands what my problem is :slight_smile:

Thank you very much for the help! :slight_smile:

best regards

Pure rich text editing is, at a usage level, streaming rather than semantic as you are accustomed to. There is not a central definition of “paragraph” that lines conform to, they just use whatever formatting you were using when you hit return, and will go on using that formatting until you change it, and then onward with that change. So if you do something that removes indents, you’ll “lose” them until you add them back.

Consequently, a good tactic is to insert odd formatting between two existing “paragraphs” (one can be empty, so double-tapping enter and then going back up to insert a bullet list will work).

That could be part of the problem. When working with rich text, it is a good idea to have a “Default” preset set up in the Format/Formatting menu, so that you can quickly return to whatever it is things should normally look like. I go one step further and assign a keyboard shortcut to my default formatting preset.

Next potential problem, you’re somehow accidentally hitting Opt-Cmd-Return (or a synonym) and inserting a line break instead of a paragraph break. You can check for that with the Format/Options/Show Invisibles menu command. Line breaks will look like little “return” arrows, instead of using the standard pilcrow symbol.

These are roughly equivalent to terminating a line with “\” in LaTeX, for comparison.

Line feeds aside, you can batch fix incorrectly formatted paragraphs with the Documents/Convert/Convert Formatting to Default Text Style menu command, which uses the settings in the Formatting preference pane.

Thank you so much!
This show invisibles helped :slight_smile:

The Problem was that I’ve set something to the “Headings Preset” and then hit enter. But with first hitting enter and then make something a heading it works fine :slight_smile:

best regards

Wait…Amber has it all wrong. :open_mouth:
The question is about intendation, not indentation.
Intendation has to do with a writer’s intent, that is, purpose or objective. :bulb:
And is closely related to both long-term goals and recent acquisition
Of data, insight, and the comfort of food or beverages.
See many previous threads in the forum on favorite drinks, snacks, and local bistros.
I expect Vic, Jaysen, and the various Australians to weigh in with their opinions. :mrgreen:

Haha. Yeah, you’re right :wink: I’ve named it wrong. Changed the title. This happens if your english is not that good as it should :mrgreen:

Someone drinks, snacks and bistros and an expectation of my opinion? I think most of my intendations have just been realised…

[size=85]P.S. Note to Murray: I’m glad AmberV sorted your indentations so they match your intendations. Welcome to the fora! [/size] :slight_smile: