Word export is single spaced rather than double.

I use page view for writing and prefer single spaced lines. When I export to Word I want it double spaced. The Section Layout indicates that the text will be double spaced, but it isn’t. No doubt ignorance on my part rather than an error, but can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

This sounds as though the built-in converter may be failing and falling back on Apple’s default converters, which aren’t as good. Could you please post a sample project that exhibits the problem?

Thanks and all the best,

I created a new novel project and the spacing in Word is correct. Both the sample and my project launch the Java app during conversion. I don’t really have a project I could post in public.

Could you zip it up and send it to us at Mac.support AT literatureandlatte.com?

Thanks and all the best,

The zip file is on its way, email subject heading “Word spacing problem.” Thanks for your help.

Thanks for the file. The reason you are seeing single spacing is that you have assigned a style to all of your text - you have created and assigned a “Body Text” style throughout. When compiling, style formatting will override any section layout formatting (otherwise the latter would wipe out block quotes and such). I strongly recommend against using a style for the majority of the text. In Scrivener, it’s better to use styles only for text that should be different from the bulk, and to leave the main body text as “No Style” - that makes things much easier during Compile. So, you have two options:

  1. Remove “Body Text” from your MS’s main text. The easiest way to do this is as follows:

a) Load your MS up in scrivenings.

b) Open the styles panel (Format > Styles > Show Styles Panel).

c) Click in some text that uses the Body Text style.

d) Click on the gear button at the bottom of the styles panel and choose “Select All Style”. This will select all body text in your MS.

e) Click “Remove Style” in the styles panel.

This will reset all “Body Text” to “No Style” and change the formatting to the default. Note that you may need to go back through and adjust any areas of the body text whose formatting you altered - for instance, you have a title on the first page that will need re-centring.

  1. Alternatively, you can add the “Body Text” style to the “Styles” area of your Compile format and override the line spacing and formatting of the “Body Text” style there.

All the best,

Thank you very much. I’ll remove the style as you suggested.