How to export to a single docx file?

When I choose the File=>Export option, Scrivener creates a slew of folders named “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2”, etc. with individual docx files for each section inside. I end up with over fifty individual docx files for the book.

I’ve tried the compile options and can create a single docx, but there are tons of options that affect formatting, fonts, headers, etc. and I usually end up losing simple formatting like bold, italics, smart quotes, etc.

What is the simplest way to export a single docx file comprising all the chapters and sections of my book that is as clean and representative of my original text as the File=>Export option offers?

The simplest Compile option is to use the Default Compile Format. Double check the options under the ‘gear’ icon in the right-hand pane of the main Compile screen.