Is there a sure-fire way to insert blank pages, without getting other unintended ones?

I am using version 2.8 (26295) for the Mac.
Although, next month I plan to upgrade to Version 3.

It’s hard to describe this, but I will try my best.

BLANK PAGES: When exporting to PDF, I am getting some blank pages, and losing others that I inserted myself.
It’s really hard to control how these come out in a PDF render.


FOLDERS & NESTED PAGES: I find these hard to predict 'as far as it goes when performing a final PDF render.

I have watched all your videos, some several times; and am not clear on the differences.
Ideally, I would like to use these as organizational visual aids; but they seem to have an influence on the outcome in the final PDF renders.

Is there a simple way to understand this?

There are many posts here in your forum. Most of them are hard for me to relate to my own situations and writing style.
Too many to form any conclusive strategies from.

I would appreciate a clear and simple way to understand this. :open_mouth:

Thanks for any help you can provide.

BTW: I have looked for preference settings (remember: I am on a Mac) regarding output render setting related to the way blank pages are managed. I do not find any.
Am I missing something?

Would it help if I do not add any headers in the folders themselves?
Will it make any difference, 'give my last question, if I am using nested pages vs folders?
What will happen if I convert folders into nested pages or nested pages into folders?
Will that help or hinder me in solving this conundrum?
Or should I just skip using folders and nested pages all together?


Okay, so I decided to get the version 3 demo.
Once I got it, I ungrouped everything, and did some housekeeping to reduce the number of sections in the binder.

Then I made sure that all page breaks were inserted at the end of sections or start of text (within a section) where I wanted page breaks.

I also change to the facing page view - that helped a lot.

Finally, I made sure to remove any left over headers 'and that the headers I wanted were embedded directly within the pages where I wanted them to be.

When I performed the PDF export, the document came out as I intended, and looked exactly like the facing page layout in the editor.

So I guess this solves my problem.

Oh, one last thing I did…

There were three sections that I embedded in a single parent section - I did this after all the stuff (sans the PDF export).
It didn’t seem to alter the export nor the facing page display at all.


What do you think, did I do it right?

It turned out I was still having page break problems after all…

But, I finally decided to try setting the sections that I needed to to always begin on the left-hand side of a two-page document 'from “Section” (the default) to “Heading” instead.

That does the trick.

Now, how do I change the font and styling for the Heading text?

You’ll need to edit the Format for that. Right-click on the highlighted format you are using in the left sidebar of the compile overview screen and edit it, duplicating if necessary.

Section Layouts are similar to the Formatting pane in Scrivener 2; that is where you will most often be adjusting things like fonts. You just need to make note of which Layout you use for your “Headings” document type and edit that one.

Excellent - I found it, and was able to edit it per your instructions.
I didn’t see a way to edit link colors though.
Any ideas on that?

Thanks so much.

For word processing output there aren’t any controls for that. If you are working with Microsoft Word though, do make sure to enable the Ensure hyperlinks are colored and highlighted setting, in the RTF Compatibility compile format pane.

Otherwise for PDF, check out the PDF Settings pane. Hyperlinks are generally blue for recognisability, but we do have a setting for changing internal cross-reference style links.