This may be a very basic question but I cannot figure it out. So I apologize in advance and appreciate any help.
In my novel project I have each folder as a separate chapter. When I compile, I just want that folder title to appear as a chapter heading, just simply “Chapter One” and so on. Is that possible? As I understood, that meant clicking the box for “title” under Level 1+. But that doesn’t work, nothing has worked. Whenever I compile, I get the text of that folder but no folder titles for the chapters and page breaks. I’ve googled and reddit’d this question but I have not found a solution that has worked for me.
Yes, that how it should work by default. Something is odd with your project.
In the window with the title Compile Overview, in the right column, do you folders and documents have named Section Types (black) or are they “Structure based” (gray and italic)?
If named, are the Section Types for your chapter folders Assigned to Section Layouts using the button at the bottom of the middle column in the Compile Overview window?
For the Section Layout Assigned to your chapter folders, is the “Title” Content Type ticked in the Compile Format Designer window Section Layouts tab?
If your chapters are in one document, the “Text” Content Type should probably be ticked for the Section Layout you use for that documents.
Finally, check that “Chapter <$t>: <$title>” is used in the Title Options tab at the bottom of the pane of the Section Layout tab in the Compile Format Designer. If you only want “Chapter One”, ditch the colon and <$title>.
If Structure Based, make sure your chapters are documents inside your folders. Check Project > Project Settings > Section Types and select the Second tab “Default Types by Structure”. Assign the right Section Types to the Folder and Document Levels in your Binder Structure. when you select a row, Scrivener will Highlight the Level a Section Type is Assigned to inside the Binder.
Now, Assign your Section Layout to these Section Types and check that “Chapter <$t>: <$title>” is used in the Title Options tab at the bottom of the pane of the Section Layout tab in the Compile Format Designer. If you only want “Chapter One”, ditch the colon and <$title>.
After all this, Compile and check if the output document contains your titles for the chapters…
Hope This Helps
Thank you so much for the detailed reply. Since you said something might be odd with the project, I opened a new one and tested what I’m trying to do. And it worked. So I’m sure it was my formatting, and part of the learning curve with this software. I appreciate the help.
There wasn’t anything odd about the project; it just wasn’t formatted for what you want.