Possible to set different margins for different pages?

Michael Shapiro
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:18 am Post

In Compile > Page Settings, one can set page margins for a compilation to PDF. I'm curious if there's a way to set different margins for different parts of a document.

In my case, my Scrivener file alternates between text documents and imported graphics. (Musical score pages.) For the text I need standard 1" margins. But where the graphic score pages are concerned, zero margins are ideal. Otherwise the score pages get shrunk down undesirably as the unneeded whitespace pushes in from all sides.

If I set the margins to 0" document-wide the score pages look great - but of course now the script pages are flush with the edges of the document, which won't do.

Thanks for any help!


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Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:33 am Post

I think the only way to do it would be to compile the script pages by themselves and then the score pages by themselves, and then re-assemble everything in a pdf editor.
Alternatively compile everything to e.g Word and then fix the margins there.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:38 am Post

My first thought was to use the only "Project > Text Preferences…" using "Use different default setting for new documents in this project" with the margins at 0 the paragraph with 1" left and right margins, but on second thoughts that would affect the score images too.

So my only other offering is to use margin = 0, and then set up preset(s) with 1" right and left indents; but that would mean going through your whole manuscript applying the new preset(s) to every paragraph of text.

My own solution would actually be to compile without the score images, open in my word processor—NWP—and insert the images there, or perhaps better, produce a PDF of only the text pages, and then in a PDF editor—I use PDFPen Pro—insert the score pages in the appropriate places.

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:23 pm Post

Thanks everyone. I'm still hoping that there's a secret way to accomplish this, but absent that, I guess I'll fall back on the age old "make the cast collate their own scripts" technique.

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:10 pm Post

Be aware that most printers are not physically able to print all the way to the edge. You'll need some amount of margin to account for that.

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