How to remove header/footer from compile?

I compile my books for digital formats (.mobi, .epub, .doc) and, for an ebook, I can’t have headers and/or footers. I love Scrivener, but I’ve been writing my stories and books with OpenOffice because I can’t ditch the header/footer. I’ve been all through the program, all over Google, and even through these boards. I’m sure there has to be a way and I’m just not seeing it, but rather than spend days and days searching and not finding, I thought I might just ask.

So. . .can it be done? Can I compile to a .doc file WITHOUT the header/footer info showing?


Absolutely. In compile, click “All Options” then select “Page Settings” from the sidebar on the left. You’ll see the header and footer options there, where you can enter other text or, in your case, delete it entirely. The text boxes have gray example text in them to show you the sort of things you can type; that’s not actual text and won’t show up in your project, so you just need to delete any text that’s black and don’t worry when the box isn’t completely white and empty after you do so. You’ll probably want to double check all three of the header/footer tabs in case you have a different first page header set, etc.–you can just uncheck the box on that page so that it doesn’t get used or delete the text from there as well.

I’m not sure how you’re doing all your compiling for the various formats, but I do want to point out also that you can compile to .mobi and .epub directly from Scrivener. Just select them from the “Compile For” drop-down menu. (You will need Kindlegen on your computer to compile to .mobi, of course, but you’ll just need to point Scrivener to that file the first time you compile to get it set up.) Header and footer are automatically removed from these formats, so you won’t even see the option in the side bar to edit them.

Thank you very much! Such detailed help! I must’ve looked over that option forty times. I simply didn’t see it.

I use Calibre to convert my .html files to .mobie and .epub. The original .doc goes straight to Smashwords. It might not be the most efficient way, but I’ve done it so many times now that what I lost in efficiency I make up for in familiarity. I may fool around with Scrivener’s .epub/.mobi export options, though. . .if I can make it simpler, why wouldn’t I?

Again, thank you for the help. I bought Scrivener a few months ago and haven’t been able to use it because of formatting issues such as these. I love the program, and I have a big project coming up (a trilogy) that’s going to require lots of planning (outlines, character desc., etc). Scrivener was perfect for the task, so I had to address these issues. I’m glad I did.

Thank you again for your help. I really appreciate it. Now I don’t feel like I wasted $45! :slight_smile:


No problem!