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I have Dropbox installed on my Mac with OS X Lion 10.8.2. I don't use it often, so I eliminated it from the login item list. However, every time I open Dropbox from the application folder, it automatically add itself to the login item list. Is that normal, even if I locked changes? Can I prevent Dropbox to add itself to my item list every time I open it?

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I know the idea of Dropbox is to always sync file across devices. In fact I use it on a computer. But in the second computer I don't want Dropbox always open: I just use it if I have to exchange files between computers. ;) –  R. M. Oct 6 '12 at 11:08
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Under Dropbox preferences, there is a checkbox for "Start Dropbox on System Startup".

However, as patrix says, Dropbox is really only useful if you leave it running all the time.

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The idea of Dropbox is to always sync files across all your devices in the background. So disabling the login item doesn't really make sense from a Dropbox point of view. And at least at first glance I don't see significant drawbacks from keeping it there either.

If you just want to access some files in your Dropbox account you could use the web interface instead.

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