How do I control how a Block Quote is rendered with Compile?


I’m trying to make a Compile for export to basic manuscript format (Times New Roman, double-spaced.) I find that the Block Quotes get rendered without the proper margins–they’re indented on the left properly, but extend all the way to the edge of the page on the right. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thank you,


I don’t have Block Quote in my WIP (deleted it long ago), but it’s nothing but a paragraph style. You can change it. Apply it to a paragraph, go to Format▸Paragraph▸Paragraph Indents, change the Right indent setting (1" for instance), then redefine the style based on that paragraph.

You can also specify inside your compile format what you want a certain style to look like. So, editing (a copy of) your compile format is another way you could go. This is more involved, of course, but might be wanted if you did not want the style to look different in the editor or if the desired look was for one kind of compiled output and not another.

Yet a third option, if you happen to be compiling to Word is to use a style name that matches whatever style you use for this in Word (or alternatively to make a style in Word named what you use in Scriv), and set (if necessary) set your compile format to preserve the style names when it compiles to Word. If you do this, then Word will determine what your quote blocks look like.

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Thank you! Will try.

In most cases the built-in compile formats will override the formatting of the stock styles to fit the look of the target document. So in the case of Manuscript Times, “Block Quote” is going to be listed in the Styles compile format pane, where you will find it is double-spaced, with the font changed, and the indents set to match the document design. What you will probably find easiest to do is just tick the Match right indent to left checkbox, in the upper-right area of this pane.

The important thing to know here is that the compile format has the final say on what a style looks like, if it chooses to override it. No amount of messing with how things look in the text editor, as mentioned above, will do anything because you wouldn’t generally want that to happen. The way things look in the editor is more for your sake, not the end result.

The only major exceptions are formats that don’t do much about the formatting, like “Default”.

Ah! I don’t use stock styles or built-in formats, so I had no idea.