When compiling, i'm given 4 options for text separators, in the "separators" tab. What I want to do, is have 2 carriage returns, a line with 4 asterisks, then 2 carriage returns, between each text document within a folder. This is how every book I buy seems to be formatted. However, none of the options in the "separators" section allow multiple carriage returns. Does anyone know how to accomplish this in scrivener?

The 4 options for a text separator in the "separators" section are: single return, empty line, page break, or custom (which allows only a single line of text). Is there maybe a placeholder tag for a carriage return? The "custom" option allows placeholder tags, but I can't find one for a carriage return.

  • I have no idea how this is supposed to be done! But if you don't find a true solution, perhaps you could put a dummy spacer there, such as some text with font color matching the page color (probably white), or a text box with matching font color. – aparente001 Jan 23 '17 at 5:00

I have researched this as much as I can. The only way I can find to handle this during compile, is to create an image that has the space the carriage returns would normally fill, then add that image to your project, then add the image to the text separator field, using an image tag.

The image tag will look like this:


Replace separator-file-name with the name of the image you imported into your project.

The text separator field can be found by selecting compile then going to separators.


I achieve a similar effect by using "custom" text separator option (insert your four asterisks there) and adding the necessary number of blank lines (filled with a couple of spaces, otherwise they might be ignored while compiling) at the beginning and at the end of each "scrivening" (text chunk).

Not ideal, but works.

  • how do you add blank lines before and after each scrivening? do you mean you simply add carriage returns manually at the top and bottom of every text document? – Tyler Jones Jan 23 '17 at 20:50
  • @TylerJones Exactly. It's an awkward workaround, but it does the job. Editing the post to re-phrase for clarity. – Lew Jan 23 '17 at 20:52

Another option : In compile, select formatting. The "page padding" allows you to select any number of lines to be inserted before each text.

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