Compile presets gone. Where are they kept?

I was trying to use my text to speech tip again ( and found that my Mac had gone back to its old mispronounciations. My Compile presets are empty - presumably due to the switch to the new Scrivener for Mac that syncs with the iOS version. I just deleted 2 old versions of Scrivener from my trash so if that’s where the compile presets were, they are gone. (Time Machine told me it had to start over recently as well). Where are these presets stored on my Mac so that I can better defend them in future?

The main Scrivener application menu has a command for locating support files like these: Reveal Support Folder in Finder. For most people this will be the ~/Library/Application Support/Scrivener folder.

At any rate the contents of that folder will not wiped out during an update (and nothing changed that would invalidate older presets anyway). So I’m not sure what is going on there—maybe you’ve switched from Apple’s version to the direct-sale version or vice versa? The former is incapable of using the standard Library folder, so it can’t read your own settings, you’d need to move them to a deeply buried location (again that menu command is the easiest way to get there).

I use the Mac Apple Store version of Scrivener. But I switched to the Mac beta during the iOS version beta test, and then after iOS version was released, downloaded the new MAS version.

I looked in “Reveal Support Folder in Finder” and it took me to ~/Library/Application Support/Scrivener folder. I don’t see anything in there that looks like compile presets. The contents are: com.scrivener.isopen, App Store Receipts folder, AuthorizedDirectories.plist, Backups folder, Logs folder, Scratch Pad Notes folder, Scrivener Scratch Pad Notes folder, Scrivener User Manual, Styles.plist, userlock id.)

I quit and restarted Scrivener. My compile presets survived, proving that they are stored somewhere, but I don’t know where.

Okay, it sounds in that case like you’re using the direct-sale version at the moment then. The MAS version should take you to a path like this: “~/Library/Containers/com.literatureandlatte.scrivener2/Data/Library/Application Support/Scrivener”.

So when you switched to the beta you would have been using the regular Application Support folder for your settings. When, and if, you switched back to the MAS version for the stable update, you’d now be using the Containers path. Opening both of these locations in Finder may help you consolidate settings and backups.

Look for a “CompileSettings” subfolder.