Endnotes are not being complied in non-fiction MLA Format

I’m using Scrivener 3 on a Mac. I’ve a problem with the non-fiction MLA Format while compiling the document into a .docx file.

I can’t figure out why the footnotes are complied as they should be when I compile to a .pdf file but don’t turn out the same in a .docx file.

When I’m compiling into a .docx file, the ‘Endnotes’ section ends up empty and the footnotes end up being at the end of the entire document with no header.

Any advice on how to fix this problem would be appreciated!


This is an oversight in the template which I will fix for the next update. You can fix it yourself as follows:

  1. In Compile, Ctrl-click on “MLA Format” in the Formats list and select “Edit Format”.

  2. In the header bar of the options list on the left (above “Section Layouts” etc), select “DOCX” if it’s not already selected.

  3. Click on “RTF Compatibility” at the bottom of the list.

  4. Tick “Flatten footnotes and comments into regular text”.

  5. Click “Save”.

.docx should now have the same results as PDF and printing.

All the best,

Thank you very much! That worked amazingly!

Any chance it is possible to have the endnotes be indented (by 0.5") on the first line as per MLA Formatting?

Hmm, is that the requirement? It might have changed since I last checked this. Please try the following:

  1. Once again, Ctrl-click on “MLA Format” in the “Formats” list in Compile and choose “Edit Format”.

  2. This time choose “Footnotes & Comments” in the list on the left.

  3. Tick “Indent footnotes and endnotes to match text”.

Hmm, looking at Purdue OWL it does look as though that is the requirement (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/04/), so I’ll update the format to do that too…

All the best,

Sorry to trouble you, but that didn’t seem to work? I ticked “Indent footnotes and endnotes to match text” but there’s no indent on the first line.

My endnotes still appear as follows:

Thank you for all your help!