missing chapter numbers in compile

I’d appended this question to an old post on a related subject. I realized after the fact I should post it as a new issue.

With my latest compile, the first two chapters of my book are not getting numbered. The numbering starts with the third chapter.

Last time I did the compiling, everything was numbered. What’s changed since then is that the first two chapters now have sub-folders in which I’ve placed cut material. I’m assuming this is somehow causing a problem. Can anyone explain why? Or what should be done to fix it?

I’ve looked for the usual issues: when I look at the compile menu, none of the chapters have “as is” checked; only the front matter is exempted in “title adjustments.”

Are all but the two documents without the chapter titles single documents in the binder–that is, do none of them have subdocuments? If so, the problem is that in compile, document groups (documents that have subdocuments) and single documents can have different formatting and presumably you don’t have the document groups set up to include the chapter number prefix. The easiest fix is to go into the “Formatting” section of compile, select the single document row in the table and copy its settings using Cmd-C, then click on the document group row above it and use Cmd-V to paste those settings. That will cause both types to be treated identically and should get you what you want.

Thanks to your reply I realized other chapters are missing titles too. I just hadn’t gotten to them yet. Yes, it’s all the ones with subdocuments. Everything with a subdocument has no title. The others do.

Eventually, all the chapters will have subdocuments. I use them to keep track of material I want to save for each chapter. I just haven’t made them all yet.

To be clear, I don’t want the subdocuments included in the compile. I want just the main document (with a title).

That being the case, should I still try the fix you suggest?

Yes, assuming that presently all the single documents are compiling the way you want all the documents to look, the fix above will do what you want. It won’t affect whether or not subdocuments compile; it just changes the formatting rules used for documents that have them. If down the road you decide you want document groups and single documents to have different formatting rules–maybe you end up using groups as “Parts” while single docs are “Chapters”–you can always tweak the formatting in that compile table, but for now it sounds like you just want them all the same.

Thank you. Could you clarify which is the “single document row”? Is it Level 1? Or Level 1+?

Whoops, forgot that you might have more than one. It will depend on your binder set up. Level 1 means documents that are direct subdocuments of the Draft folder (which may be renamed “Manuscript” or such). Level 2 would be documents that are immediate subdocuments of Level 1 items, i.e. they’re two levels under the Draft. Level 3 items are subdocuments of Level 2 items, etc. So if your binder looks like this
your Title Page document is Level 1, as are all the chapter folders, and the “Scene” documents, as subdocuments of Level 1 folders, are at Level 2.

So in this case, if you had two rows for the single documents in the compile formatting table, the Level 1 row would dictate how the Title Page was formatted and Level 2+ would dictate formatting for all the “Scene” documents as well as any single documents at level 3, 4, etc.–2+ meaning “level 2 and up”.

All that to say, then, that which row’s formatting you want to copy depends on the level of the properly-compiling documents in your binder. If they’re directly beneath the Draft folder, they’re level 1, and you’ll want to copy that row to get the same formatting for your document groups. If they’re level 2, copy the Level 2+ row. If you’re super confused, uploading a screenshot of part of the binder will help. You can probably also tell the difference quickly by checking the sample formatting for each row–Level 1’s row may include the title whereas Level 2+ does not, for instance, in which case you’ll know that level 1 is the one you want to copy.

  • This is a Windows screenshot which I’m using because I already had it and I’m lazy.

I think I’ve got it. Many thanks for your time and helpfulness.