Sorry for the delay, been offline for a while. I expect you’ve found your own way by now.
Scrivener does have a steep learning curve. I remember when I first switched from Word, it took quite a while to find my way around, but stick with it, you’ll be glad you did. I’d never go back. Word is a dirty word now!
Just in case you’re still struggling:
I don’t even know why the front matter doesn’t appear in a project in scriv 3.
Whether front matter is in a Scrivener project or not will depend on the type of template you chose from the outset. A blank template, for example, is just that, blank, and won’t have it. The same if you started with the Tutorial template and added your own stuff to that. But if you pick the Novel Format template, that will.
Heck, we don’t even seem to have the option for a preview.
You can preview your documents in different ways. Whilst editing, you can select the view, text editing, show page view option and then zoom out to see what it looks like on the page. Or you can print current document and see a preview in the print options. I write in Page View mode because I like seeing the whole page in preview all the time.
(I’m a MAC user, so Windows people, feel free to drop in here if the options are slightly different).
The first available means to compile to is pdf.
It won’t matter which file type you’re compiling to if you started with a template that doesn’t have front matter included. You could start again, using the Novel template. Or, you can just create the front matter. It’s really just a folder outside of the main draft folder, that holds your front matter document/s. Once you create it and go into the compile options, you’ll see you can select the option to add front matter and pick that newly created folder.
It might help to take some screen grabs with descriptions so everyone can see exactly what you’re trying to do.
Hope you’re finding your way around. As I say, you’ll be glad you did once it all makes sense to you.