Can't acccess my projects on a new device

I just installed Scrivener on a new Mac. My projects open fine in my other mac devices. But on the new Mac, for any Scrivener project I attempt to open, I get this error message:

“The project at “/Users/swhitney/Dropbox/SCRIVENER/Scrivener Projects/Critical Phenomenology as Emotional Work.scriv” seems to be of an older format, but no binder.scrivproj file could be found inside it. It may be missing or corrupt, possibly because of a problem with the device on which it is stored, or because of a synchronisation problem. Try ctrl-clicking on the project in the Finder and selecting “Show Package Contents”, then look for a file entitled ‘binder.scrivproj’. Ensure it has not been renamed by a backup routine. If it does not exist, try restoring from a backup.”

It is true that there is no “binder.scrivproj” file in the file contents of my projects as they appear in my new device. What is causing this problem? Is there a fix other than manually restoring each project from backup?

You’ve probably let Dropbox make your project online only. macOS Monterey does not like that. Right-click the project and check that it is set for offline use,


Either the Dropbox sync is not complete, or you’ve told Dropbox sync to not be “offline”.

This fixed it. Many thanks!

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