How to install 3 over 2.8.1

I am purchasing Scrivener 3 to install on a Mac running newly installed 11.1. My previous version of Scrivener was 2.8.1 which no longer works under macOS 11.1. My previous purchase was through the App Store but I will be buying direct this time. My files are on dropbox.
I’m unsure how to proceed with installation. Should I delete 2.8.1 then clean install and link files? Will the fresh download, correctly overwrite and assign file locations? Can I just install over top or 2.8.1?

My apologies as would expect this has already been asked but I was not able to find an answered previous post.

With Kind Regards,

Your projects will not be affected by the change, and should stay right where you left them. Scrivener 3 will convert them to the new project format as they are opened.

Scrivener 3 will not use Scrivener 2.8.1’s Preferences files, as too much has changed. So there’s no need to delete Scrivener 2.8.1, but no reason not to, either.

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend taking a look at our upgrade guide for Scrivener 2 users, as Scrivener 3 has some very significant changes. You can find it here: … date-guide


Terrific! Thank you!