I’m compiling a project with a number of different chapters. I’d like each chapter to have a different heading so that when I print them out I can easily identify them, but I don’t know how to do this. I thought it might be available in the compile draft menu but missing it if so. In my project the different chapters are separate files so perhaps there is something I should be doing there instead?



I’m afraid there is no way of giving different headers to different chapters in Scrivener. For this sort of thing you would need to export to a word processor, which allows more fine-tuning of formatting, before printing.

All the best,


Thought that might be the case and I don’t mind doing it but would’ve been handy not to have to!

VG 8)

What about folders? You could use one folder for each chapter and put text in the folder to include a header… or am I misunderstanding what you want entirely?

Yes, it depends what you mean by “different headers”, and also how you’ve organised your project. Scrivener can indeed automatically insert the titles of items in your Binder into the final export – you simply need to organise your project in a consistent way to take advantage of this. I think what Keith means is that all titles in compiled this way by Scrivener will have the same format, and that there are limitations on the kind of format they can have.

If you have a project structure that involves multiple documents within each chapter, you can do Carradee suggests and put the contents of each chapter within its own folder in the Binder. Make sure this is absolutely consistent – Scrivener will output the title of every folder in the compiled draft. Then, in the Content tab of Compile Draft window, under Document Elements, select the checkbox that matches “Titles” to “Folders”. This will include the title of each of the folders in your Binder in the exported manuscript. Then, in the “Formatting” tab of Compile Draft, you can modify “Folder Titles Font” to whatever you want.

I just reread the OP, and if you’ve simply broken your book into one document per chapter, you might be able to select the checkbox that matches “Files” to “Titles”. Note that this is much less flexible, because if you happen to have documents inside one another, you’ll get the titles of every nested document getting output. Folders are still your best bet, I think.

I suggest just making the chapter title the first line inside the document that starts the chapter. When you Compile Draft, don’t include any of the document or folder titles


I suggest just making the chapter title the first line inside the document that starts the chapter. When you Compile Draft, don’t include any of the document or folder titles

Very true, and a lot easier. It’s just that Compile Draft makes all text within documents the same size (doesn’t it?), whereas including Titles and setting a new font for Titles gives you the option to make them super huge and unmissable. :slight_smile:

Is the original poster asking about headings or headers…? It’s not clear to me. I can see how she might want headers to identify each page of her draft.


Hi all

Thanks for your time. Just to clarify what I’m doing. It’s a book with 36 chapters. Because they’re chapters they work well in draft with each chapter as a document amd I can hop easily in and out of each one, so that suits me.

However when I’m editing the book and do a compile draft I want to know which chapter I’m working with within the structure of the whole book not as an indivdual document. So I’d like to be able to print the hard copy with the number of the chapter on each page so’s I know whether I’m working on, for example, chapter 10 or chapter 11. This is necessary when I’m figuring out when certain events happened etc.

If each document could have a separate header on each page saying what chapter it was that would be excellent.And that’s all I want!

On a separate note, though, and understanding that this is a different topic - when I export the draft to Word it always ends up with the spellchecker as US English even though I have my Word language defaulted to UK English and all my normal templates open in UK English.Is this a feature of Scrivener or is it a problem with Word?

thanks again

Just reiterating what Keith stated above: You really need to use a word processor to do that. There is not concept of a “chapter” in Scrivener. All of that is a conceptual structure in your mind, so Scrivener cannot know that one folder is a chapter and another folder is not. Creating an incremental header for something so subjective just isn’t there.