I can’t tell if I’m just a dummy when it comes to Scrivener or if there really is no easy way to do this:
I want to have a line in a document that has some text aligned left, and some text aligned right.
Reason: some manuscript submission guidelines want your name and wordcount at the top of the first page. Name left, wordcount right. I could use separate lines for this, I guess, but whenever I try it, it looks clunky.
I’ve tried figuring out a way to set this up using a decimal tab, but I can’t get it to do anything.
You could either insert a two-column table or use a right-tab-stop to align the text for the right-side of the line.
In the latter case, you’ll need to set the tab stop where the right margin is going to start when you compile, counting the left edge of the ruler as starting from the inside of the left margin. For instance in compile’s Page Settings if you’re using an 8.5x11 inch page size and have 1 inch margins on the left and right, you’d want to set your tab stop in the editor at 6.5 inches.
As a final step, you’ll probably want to either mark that whole page as “Compile as-is” in the inspector or select the line and choose Format > Formatting > Preserve Formatting. This will ensure that your tab stop doesn’t get removed during the compile process if you override formatting.