How can I stop Scrivener replacing blank lines with # on export?

Hi, I’m working on my first longer form piece in Scrivener, but I’m struggling with getting the exported document to look the way I want. When I export to PDF or .docx, Scrivener adds a # in each blank line. I don’t want this. I want the blank line to pad out section breaks. How can I get Scrivener to stop doing this replacement?

Hi aqp99, and welcome to the forum.

You’ll need to customize your compile settings and review the Separators options in the compile designer panel to change how the divisions between sections are handled. You can do that by going to File > Compile and then double-clicking on the compile format you’d like to use. If prompted, please click the Duplicate & Edit option.

If you haven’t used the compile tools much, you might want to check out our 4-part series titled “Getting Your Work Out” on the Mac tutorial videos page.

Those four videos will show using the built-in compile formats as well as accessing the compile designer panel to customize your settings. You might find seeing that process demonstrated is helpful.

The Tutorial also has some documents about the compile process. And, Chapters 23 and 24 in the Scrivener manual go into detail on the settings and customization process. You can access a PDF copy of the manual from the Help menu. That is also where you can access the Tutorial.

I personally like using the Tutorial as a testing space for a number of Scrivener features, including testing out the compile tools and options. That way, I can experiment with different compile formats and output files without using my own work. If I get settings wrong in the Tutorial, I can delete the flawed one and get a new copy from the Help menu.

Okay. Thanks for all the helpful information! I will check it out.