OK. Lots of questions there and I think that if we try to go through them one by one it could get confusing. I think it will be better if we start from scratch.
First a couple of definitions. A Scrivener ‘document’ is an individual entry in the Binder (which basically contains folders and documents). The entire file (documents, folders and all) is a called a ‘project’.
This matters, because in this case it’s wrong to think of your very long Word document as being the same as a Scrivener document: it isn’t. A document of this length is really the equivalent of a Scrivener Project.
Scrivener is designed to work with relatively short documents (typically a chapter, a scene, a section) which are later stitched together in the Compilation process into the final output, which may be for publication in the Kindle, or for sending back to Word for final polishing, or for a host of other purposes. That’s Scrivener’s main strength: instead of having to copy and paste scenes to rearrange a Word novel, all you have to do is move the scene in the Binder and work on a small unit of text at one time.
So by trying to treat your 280 page Word document as a single Scrivener document, you’re making it work against the grain. It’s simply too long for the way the program was designed to work AND it’s missing all the opportunities that you buy Scrivener for in the first place!
Hope that makes sense as an explanation of WHY you’re having problems: now for the HOW to work round them .
It sounds to me as though you’re nearly there. You can’t use a blank line as the ‘split character’ as there will be too many results, as you’ve found. #### is fine.
If you imported the document into a folder (let’s call it ‘Imported’) and you now have 10 subdocuments (Chapter 1, Chapter 2… etc), then the process has worked.
As for the empty blank space, then I think I know what’s happened – you’re seeing the editor view of the folder itself (which is empty), not the text of the subdocuments.
It’s important to understand that ‘Folders’ are themselves like documents – they can contain text. So if you click on a folder and you haven’t entered any text, then it will be empty in the editor – that’s because it is an empty document.
If you want to see all the text from all the documents which are children of Import, then you need Scrivenings mode. This is essential a ‘virtual view’ which combines any number of documents from anywhere in the binder into one temporary document for you to view or edit. If you select multiple documents then you will always see them all in the Editor. If you highlight a folder on its own, you have a choice of seeing just the folder text (Document mode), or the text of all the subdocuments (‘Scrivenings mode’).
You can get to Scrivenings mode in three ways, but the easiest is simply to hit Ctl+1. It’s a toggle, so if you highlight Import and press Ctl+1 repeatedly, it will toggle between ‘Document mode’ (you’ll see no text in the editor) and ‘Scrivenings mode’ (you’ll see the text of the individual subdocuments, separated by dotted lines).
Compare these two screenshots (Documents mode first).
The second picture shows the empty text of the folder Part 1 Basics, followed by the text of Step 1 Beginnings. Note there is a group of three icons towards the right of the screenshot: the left hand one shows stacked documents. It’s white when in Document mode, yellow in Scrivenings mode and clicking on it toggles between the modes.
Scrivenings in fully explained in the tutorial – it’s one of the reasons why I suggested you’re better off working through it before attempting any work. The concepts and features are brilliant, but they can be confusing if you’ve not come across them before.
Hope this helps…