How to question - on Margins etc

Hi All - I am a complete newbie with Scrivener 3- I have been searching for this topic and I know that much of the formatting is done in the Compile section of the app. When composing in the main window and using the Blank template the first text document (comes with the template), seems to give you nice margins at the top and bottom - right and left. When you add a second text doc the formatting disappears and your top margins are reduced to what seems to be the printer minimums for margins.
When I duplicate that first doc it preserves those settings - so I need a way other than a duplicate to have my display be editable as far as margins go.
Thanks for any help on this.

Check the View → Text Editing → Show/Hide Page View command to make sure it’s the same for both documents.

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend taking a look at our Interactive Tutorial, available from the Help menu. It’s a good overview of Scrivener’s fundamental operations.

Thanks for the tip - that did it. And I did go through the tutorial that came with the app but I must have missed that part.

It’s worth noting that Page View is a per-split setting, not per “document” (the notion of which is kind of abstract in a program like Scrivener, where we could really more think of the entire Draft folder as being “a document” made of many pieces). My guess is you somehow ended up switching splits and ending up in the one without Page View toggled on.

If you prefer this view mode consistently, you might want to go into the Appearance: Page View: Options preference pane and enable the Show page view in new projects setting, at the top.

While there, also note the Main Editor section in the left sidebar of this preferences tab. Here is where the “margins” (so to speak) are set for the standard editor. If you do ever find yourself preferring a simpler scrolling view to the pieces-of-paper look, here is where you can tweak the margins to be a bit more generous, as well as setting the width limiter.

HI there,
Yes - this is perfect - exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks for your answer.