Multi-level font and paragraph formatting for export

Basically, when I export, I would love to have different font and paragraph settings based on the folder depth. For example a top level folder title would be TNR12p centered, while a second level folder title would be TNR12p full-left justified, and a third level folder title would be TNR12p hanging indent (yep, that’s basically a three-level APA style).

Thanks for the suggestion. When it comes time to 2.0 I’ll take another look at the Export Draft feature to see how I can make it a lot more flexible. I have copied your post and added it to the list of vague ideas I have for 2.0. I should say, however, that 2.0 is far off in the future - I won’t even start planning it properly until next year at the earliest - and in the meantime I’m going to be using Scrivener to do some writing myself, so that I can make sure it is all on target. However, this is the sort of idea I think might fit into 2.0 quite well.
All the best,

I’m hoping to finish my dissertation in the next 4 months, so it sounds like 2.0 won’t be out in time to help me :frowning: but I have no doubt that there are others in the academic pipeline who would still very much appreciate such a feature.

Um, well obviously I can’t just implement single-user suggestions immediately.

In the meantime, have you tried using folders and text containers? Folder titles and text group titles can have different fonts. Your third level title could be in the text itself.

Another option is to use “Preserve Formatting”. Place the formatted title inside the text of the actual folder and click “Include in Export” and “Preserve Formatting” for the folder. Then you export the text and not the titles of folders. That way you can have different title formatting for folders at different levels, though it’s less automatic.


You could use MMD export with a style sheet. MMD understands different header levels and keeps the meaning of the header levels intact, and you can then style them (eg HTML with CSS, or LaTeX with style definitions)

@ janra - Thank you for the suggestion.

I actually tried using MMD -> LaTeX, but figuring out how to make the changes that would bring it up to the school’s required dissertation format would have taken me longer than it will take me to finish my actual dissertation (and I’ve got several months of work left). To compound the situation, I had several committee members who got upset that they couldn’t make comments in the final output (the only thing I was ever able to get LaTeX to output was PDF) and that I needed to give them MS .doc only.

If there is a way to use MMD -> .doc I’d love some tips on doing it!

At the moment, I’m doing it the way Keith described with folders and text containers as my top two levels. The problem comes down at the third and fourth levels, which I can embed like Keith suggested, but for me that defeats the purpose of having separate scrivenings per logical topic (and that is one of the main things I love about Scrivener).

I also don’t know if I’m going to end up with three or four levels; with APA the number of levels actually effects how most levels are formatted. So if I embed the format for X number of levels and later change to Y levels, I’d have to go back and change the embedded formats. It’s fairly trivial to do this in MS Word, but since I export from Scrivener to Word for each draft, it becomes one more thing that I have to remember to do. At the moment, it still takes about 15 minutes per draft of manual, repetitive tasks, to change the exported .doc into something my committee members don’t freak out about. (for example, between each scrivening, Scrivener insists on putting at least a single blank line and this is a no-no for the school’s format, if I don’t go and pull those out of my draft.doc, a couple of committee members will spend more time explaining formatting to me, than discussing the actual content of the draft)

But like I said, if you have guidance on MMD -> .doc, I’m all ears!

??? Not if you select “Single newline” from the Sections box in the Text Options pane of Export Draft, it doesn’t. (Double newlines are always inserted after folders, but not after text sections.)



I had actually tried the single line option before, and it still added a blank single line. Of course my computer was possessed at the time and has since been rebuilt. Silly me hadn’t tried the single line option (I was doing the ‘#’ option because it was easier for me to search and delete) since rebuilding the system. Thanks for letting me know that I needed to check it again! :slight_smile:

p.s. If you don’t use DiskWarrior on a regular basis, I strongly suggest you start. I had an index/catalog mismatch and none of the built-in tools let me know. Sadly, for me it took a complete system meltdown before I learned about DW.

Do you really have to use the Approved Format ™ for the drafts?

If you are close to the format, but not quite there, your committee will nitpick. But what if you simply export with minimal formatting and tell them that you’ll save the final formatting until the end, but right now you want to focus on the content and hope they will too? YMMV, but when I wrote my thesis the only people who really cared about the formatting were the librarians.

Trying to maintain precise formatting through multiple export/import cycles to and from Word seems like a recipe for disaster to me.

If you really have no choice in the matter, you might record a macro or two to handle the re-formatting for you. Otherwise you’ll forget something at the worst possible moment.



The two that give me the most grief about formatting have each been provost of libraries.