Newbie Question: Format for Block Quotes in a Story


For a bit of context, there’s a portion in the story I’m creating that includes a letter correspondence between two people… in printed books, they come out as indented with larger margins on the left and right to make them look like letters.

Is there a preexisting function in Scrivener that creates a block quote-type appearance for a selected text?

Does Format > Formatting > Apply Preset > Block Quote not do what you want?

You can redefine this style by making the changes you want and choosing Format > Formatting > Redefine Preset from Selection > ). As I understand it, if you choose the ‘preserve formatting’ option (same menu), the style will persist through compilation.



When I try to click the Format icon on my Toolbar, it does nothing… and I can’t seem to find its equivalent amongst the dropdown choices at the topmost Toolbar. Maybe thats the issue or maybe I’m doing something wrong? I’m still using Scrivener 1.0, btw. Thanks!

Ah, I was describing Scrivener 2 - the presets weren’t available in S1. I think there’s still a way to do it, using the OS X engine’s styles feature, but this is a poor thing, which is why S2 has KB’s own version (aka ‘Presets’).

Forgive me if these instructions are basic - I never use OS X’s styles and I’m trying to work this out from Textedit, which uses the same system - so you may have to play around with them to get them to work properly.

Create a paragraph with the formatting you want. (ie to get the indent, on the ruler drag the tab marker that looks like a ‘T’ to the position you want.)

When it’s right, highlight the whole paragraph (not sure if this is strictly necessary), then choose ‘Styles’ from the ruler bar, then ‘Other…’ then ‘Add to Favorites’. Name the style to taste (‘Block Quote’), check the two boxes to retain the ruler and the font and press Add.

Now, when you choose ‘Styles’ from the ruler bar, ‘Block Quote’ should be in the list.

Those instructions may not be perfect, but I hope they give you something to try out.



And note, these are not proper styles, just a quick way to apply a set of characteristics simultaneously to a block of text. If you change say the font in one of those paragraphs, re-set the “style” in the style menu to your changed version, none of the other paragraphs that you have previously created in that ‘style’ will change. See the fairly extensive discussion on this issue in various threads.

Also, it might be useful to be aware that your newly-created ‘style’ will appear on the drop-down in all applications that use the Apple text-engine … TextEdit, Yojimbo …


Thanks, guys!