Compiling Woes - Windows

  1. Every video I’ve seen has this function where I should be able to compile → go to assign section layout → assign a style format… and that’s as far as what works. I SHOULD be able to click the window with the style and have it highlight all the checked sections in the right panel. It doesn’t. No highlighting.

  2. I cannot for the life of me, figured out how to have the first chapter called “Prologue” and not the first chapter. I want prologue (with title), and then chapter number and titles thereafter (starting with chapter one).

  3. Also finding it very difficult to add a quote prior to a chapter start for a handful of chapters.

Any and all help would be very appreciated.

Hi Gentscholar64. Welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

That is done by (in the project itself) having your prologue be assigned a different section type then your “normal” chapters.

Then, in the compile main panel, have this section type assigned to a different section layout than the one used for your normal chapters :

In which section layout you won’t have the placeholder responsible for chapter numbers, but rather “prologue” where you found the said placeholder.
Or title your prologue “prologue” in the binder, and check title for its section layout :

That you should simply do right in the editor, at the beginning of your chapters.
Then (again using a different section type/section layout, have the title inserted after the quote using a placeholder).
Or, make the quote be a separate document altogether, placed before the chapter, with, again, its own section type/section layout, so that it doesn’t get a title nor a chapter number.

Your first question I simply don’t understand.

Take these answers more as a hint than as a complete detailed how-to. They ain’t. That is a simple thing to do once you understand the principle, but it needs to be understood first.
Hopefully, my answers will give you a good idea of what to look for in the manual.

In short, you’ll want to learn about :

  • section types
  • section layouts
  • compile formats
  • what are placeholders.

Thank you, Vincent. This is very helpful.

I think I’m almost there!

I have a couple of pics of my final issues (that I’m aware of) that I’m trying to noodle out. Mainly, the issue is I keep getting these (#) after the title of a section. Not sure what I’m clicking on the assign layout to make this happen.

Is there a way to share a screenshot? It’s saying it won’t let me embed media items in a post when I try to upload.

Another trick I heard is do a quote in different font and use capture software to make jpeg of the quote. The pic should get around font issues

You’ll be able to upload your own screenshots after a few days. (Forum spam protection.)

Nothing there. I went into “seperators” and messed with things. For text sections, I clicked “Custom” and then just deleted the # so there’s nothing.

This is one of the tougher things I’ve ever done technically. Woof! But thanks for the help!

Assign each section type to a section layout, not a format. Format can mean many things, but section type and section layout are clearly defined in Scrivener.

That worked in Scrivener 2 and maybe in version 1, but I haven’t seen it happen in Scrivener 3.

The word type signals the fact that different documents are different, with different semantic meaning and different formatting. If you want two documents to compile the same way, give them the same section type. If you want them to compile differently, give them different section types.

Make the quote (epigram/epigraph) a document of its own, with a different section type.

I see no connection between custom separator fonts (where the word Custom appears) and blank line separators (where # is the default in some cases).

… or this setting, for empty lines across page breaks:

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So that’s where it was hiding! I’ve never wasted time on default types by structure, so I never saw it. Structure would be a terrible way to go in my case.