Compile text is too large

I am a new user of Scrivener and so far have been delighted. I made my way through the entire tutorial and was impressed by the clarity of the instruction. An instruction manual for writers, written by a writer. Yay!

But I have to admit that a few areas remain opaque to me no matter how many times I reread the tutorial. Take the compile interface, for instance. I understand that I should be able to specify what size text my compiled manuscript should have. Apparently, it is something to do with section types.

But, for the life of me, I can’t find where to adjust the text size in the compile dialog.

Section types. Accessible in the Projects Menu and in the Compile Interface. In neither place is there an obvious way to adjust the text size. What am I missing?

When in Compile choose the section type you wish to edit, double click on it and then…


I hope that helps.


I should probably have said that you can set the compile font for all elements: When in Compile you’ll see, under the heading Section Layouts, “Font: Determined by Section Layouts”. If you click on that you can change the global font used in compile.


Thank you for your help. I’m afraid it is falling on deaf ears.

I was a bit mystified at first because your image was like nothing I’d ever seen before on Scrivener. But I kept exploring and trying this and that and I found, in the compile dialog, at the very top of the list of fonts where I never would have looked, an option called Determined by Section Layouts. What an odd place to hide that I thought. Still, if it solves my problem I won’t complain.

I clicked it and then compiled but the font still came out size 18.

I think I’m missing something here. Can you try again to tell me how to change the size of the compiled text?

Each Section Type is assigned to a Section Layout (using the middle pane of the main Compile screen). The Section Layout defines the output formatting.

Think of it this way: the Section Type defines what a section is. Chapter, scene, reference, whatever. The Section Layout describes how it looks. So you can have one Section Layout that formats your chapters in Flyspeck 6, and another that uses 18 point bold, and you can switch back and forth without changing the Section Type.

The image in Stephen_C’s post is the Compile Format editor. To get there, right-click on the Compile Format you’re using, and choose the Edit (or Duplicate and Edit) option.


Thank you for your help. I’m sure I will get it before too long. Meanwhile I am writing like never before. I’m moving chapters around and writing, writing, writing. I’m up to 34,000 words on my novel.

Dark mode. I just figured out why Stephen’s image looked so foreign.

Still struggling with Styles and Section Layouts, Project Settings, Formats. But the only real problem has been text size on printing.