I did not understand what you mean about the “gibberish text in the formatting tab.” I was not able to locate this. Is there anything I can do to change this?
Sorry, that was not a very technical description. I meant the sample text in the Formatting tab that is not any language, just letters that look like words.
Is it just because 0.25 is too little?.. in which case I could run a few tests in between.
Yes, I would imagine every title is wider than 0.25 inches from the left side of the margin. This works just like a typewriter does. If you type past the tab stop and press tab, it isn’t going to go back and then print the number underneath or overlapping the title text at the 0.25 point.
You need to pick how far over the tab should go from the left edge of the margin, and for most table of content designs you want the number over on the right side of the page, so a much larger number. Not too far though, because then gets confused and goes to the next line. Maybe 6in will be better? It depends on your paper and margin, just subtract the width of the margins from the width of the paper and make it a tiny bit less than that. Try going down from 6.25 by half-inch increments if that makes sense.
I have followed the link to the other thread, and downloaded your file (styled-paperback-6x9.scrformat), but I don’t understand what it is. I can only open it with Word, not with Scrivener.
The key phrase right above that is, “…You should just be able to import it into your project to test it.” Compile formats can be imported and exported, and you’ll find a checklist for that in §23.2.5, Importing and Exporting Compile Formats.
To be clear, this is a demonstration of an idea, not something you might find directly useful. I doubt you want your thesis to print the size of a small novel anyway!
But what it is demonstrating are those heading styles in the Section Layouts, rather than just using raw formatted text that doesn’t mean anything to a word processor.
It is with those heading styles that you get an automatic ToC.
I have a feeling that, if I need to do the ToC on Word, this will involve a lot more work, as I will need to go through all the titles and define styles for them so the Word recognises them as titles in order to make the ToC. The Scrivener one may not be perfect, but it works pretty well, apart from a few details.
That example compile format demonstrates why that is not necessary. You are already using the compile settings to insert titles, this just shows how to insert them ‘correctly’ so that Word will see them as headings, rather than as raw formatting. Once they are document headings, they would show up in Word’s navigator tool, and that would be used to build a ToC.
While you may not need it now, you may need that later, particularly if this goes into editing where .docx is the file format being passed around. So it’s maybe something to set aside for when you have the time.