Brand name cloud-based file storage system with live syncing to a web app, desktop apps, and mobile apps. Not to be confused with the native folder on OS X which people can "drop" files into.

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Setting background image to dropbox file doesn't update background

Im trying to have my desktop background be an image stored on my dropbox account. My dropbox folder is linked in my home directory. When i set the background to this photo and then change the photo ...
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multiple dropbox instances hangs in starting loop

So I have recently installed two separate concurrent instances of dropbox on Mavericks. There are plenty of scripts on the web (all roughly the same) that seem to lead to a common issue, specifically ...
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How come Dropbox gets an icon in Finder sidebar?

How come Dropbox gets a non-generic icon in Finder's sidebar, when other directories like Google Drive and Sites (native in OS X before Lion) all have the same generic one? How can I customise the ...
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How can I take photos off my iPhone automatically?

I shoot a lot of photos and videos so my iPhone fills up often. The way I deal with it now is a time-wasting chore. I connect my phone to my computer. Dropbox automatically sucks my photos & ...
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How can I upload all photos from a burst on the iPhone?

I use Dropbox's automatic upload on the iPhone. Whenever I take a photo, it gets uploaded. But when I take a burst of photos on the iPhone 5s, only one of them is uploaded. I have to go in and tap ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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Sync Dropbox: SOME files not syncing (Video inside)

This is really strange. Dropbox generally works, but SOME files just do not sync. Or rather: Syncing takes forever as you can see here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgn41xt7v82k7gh/syncproblem.mov?dl=0 ...
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Did Dropbox 3.8.5 break multiple instances?

For a while, I've been running two Dropbox accounts, a personal and a work account, and it's been great. The method that I'm using is with an Automator workflow that fires up on boot. All that's in ...
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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How to upload pictures from Photos app to dropbox

I was trying to upload a few images from my iPad Photos app to dropbox. However, when I clicked on the share icon(the box with an arrow pointing upward),I don't see any Dropbox to select from. The ...
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iPhone black-and-white pictures appear as color when uploaded to Mac OS X - how to fix?

My black-and-white-captured iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.1 Camera photos uploaded (via Dropbox Camera Uploads) to my Mac OS 10.9.5 MacBook Air all appear in color in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Preview.app. All ...
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Dropbox vs Github for dotfiles sync? [closed]

For the last few years I've been using Dropbox to sync my dotfiles. For zsh, oh-my-zsh, emacs settings etc. More people seem to be using Github for this. Are there any advantages in this? From what ...
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Is it possible to sync a folder from Dropbox to iBook in iPad?

I want to copy an folder which may contain lots of folders from Dropbox to iBook, and keep the folder hierarchy correct. I used to use GoodReader and works fine, but it crashes a lot under iOS 7.
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Macbook Internal Speaker Option Gone

I know there's a lot of other questions similar to this, but none of them seem to be right. My problem's nothing to do with the headphone jack - I haven't used it for ages and there's no red light - ...
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Dropbox drains battery, what can I do?

I have a 13" retina macbook pro, and I recently noticed, that dropbox started using up a lot of my battery, with an average use of about 16 (units in the activity monitor). It has probably been a ...
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Photo edits in iOS 7 do not save when exported to PC

I applied some edits to my photo using iOS 7's default photo editor: red eye correction, auto enhance, etc. It looks great when I preview the image on iPhone, but when I look at the image on my PC it ...
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Why do my custom alias icons keep changing back to default icons?

I have created alias shortcuts for several applications on my Macbook pro Desktop and added custom icons. My problem is that every now and then when I shut off my computer or put it to sleep, the ...
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How to get music from Dropbox to ANY mp3 music type app

I am using an iphone 6, first time with an iphone, not really fond of it unfortunately bought it for the slow-mo video but having a heck of a time getting my music transferred! I don't want to live ...
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Text Editor on iOS that can edit files from any folder in Dropbox

Can anyone recommend an iOS text editor (iPad and iPhone) that can open arbitrary text files from Dropbox? I've used a few, but they tend to be restricted to a specific subdirectory of my Dropbox ...
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How Do I Know If A File Has Been Successfully Synced To iCloud Drive?

I am trying out iCloud Drive as a potential replacement for Dropbox. One of the nice things about Dropbox is that it produces little green checkmarks on file and folder icons to let the user know that ...
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Solution for syncing directory hierarchy of images from Mac to iOS?

I'm a photographer and need to keep an updated set of portfolio images synced from my Mac to my iOS devices and available for offline viewing. I have around 300 images totalling ~150MB) Right now the ...
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How to sync ForkLift Favourites and settings across computers?

is there any 'easy' way to sync my ForkLift so I don't have to keep updating my three computers every time I add an FTP for example.. I thought about doing a symlink via dropbox but I don't have idea ...
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Unable to start Dropbox due to permission errors

I installed Dropbox 1.6.16 and am running OS 10.7.5 (Lion). I continue to get this message and don't know how to fix: Couldn't start Dropbox This is usually because of permissions error. ...
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AppleScript for Dropbox on External HD

Disclaimer: I don't know much AppleScript, but I am a bit of a programmer, so you can go a little technical on me. I am looking for a solution to the issue of putting Dropbox on an external HD. ...
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Import multiple photos from Dropbox to iMovie?

I have a lot of photos in Dropbox on my iPad mini that I would like to upload in one go to iMovie. So far I can only figure out how to export to iPhoto, then I have to import to iMovie. Not very ...
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Are DropBox files viewed on iOS devices taking up space on them?

When travelling I will need all of the "space" I can claim on my iPad. Am I correct in thinking "space" is not being taken up on the iPad by DB folders, unless I have made them favorites?
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Help with “Couldn't start dropbox” message

My MacBook Pro is running Mavericks (10.9.5.) I restored a backup into my computer and then tried to use my Dropbox account and it wasn't working: I got the "Couldn't start dropbox" message. Before I ...
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How can I move files to different Dropbox folders on my iPad?

My specific need came from using a plaintext editor (Plaintext, although the issue is similar in IA Writer, Byword, etc.) where I can create new folders to organize my .txt docs, and I create new docs ...
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Renamed Home Folder, now Dropbox Mac App won't launch

I renamed my home folder using these directions from Apple - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201548 Worked great. However, now when I try to launch the Dropbox app it asks for permission to modify ...
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Dropbox.com not accessible on Yosemite 10.10.3

I've OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. Since sometime dropbox.com is not accessible on my mac. Now since few days dropbox in my finder doesn't sync. I uninstalled it and now I cannot install as dropbox.com ...
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Add favorite folder shortcut in Mac OSX top menu?

I remember in the old days, I was able to do a single click on the dropbox icon on the top menu (OSX) and able to jump into the folder directly. Now, I need to click on the dropbox icon first, and ...
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How can I do a full text search of plaintext files in my DropBox folder?

I understand that Spotlight will search the full text of files in any folder and will show files that contain instances of the searched text. But I would also like to see highlighted instances of the ...
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how to browse photos in mac folder via iPhone

Can one use the iPhone to browse photos and videos that reside in folders on a internet connected mac? I have recently decided to not use library based photo managers - after Apple decided to give up ...
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Sharing a Dropbox link directly to the clipboard, without having a browser pop open?

Is there any solution for retrieving a Dropbox share link to a file, that doesn't involve opening a browser? That puts it directly in the clipboard. (For sake of clarity, I'm referring to when you ...
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Encrypted partial backup in Dropbox

I'm storing the majority of my documents in Dropbox. I store all my passwords in 1Password (with encrypted backup in Dropbox). I also have a large pool of files (SSH keys, SSL certs, encryption ...
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How to install Dropbox on iPhone 3GS?

How can I install the Dropbox app on an iPhone 3GS running iOS 6.1.6? THe newest version of the app is iOS7-only. I've heard that if the app has been installed under your account, the App Store will ...
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Open HTML files on Dropbox application

On my computer I'm developing some simple front-end web pages made of typical structure: HTML source code for structuring the elements; CSS classes linked to the HTML; JavaScript files linked to ...
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How can I prevent TextEdit from saving previous versions of a text file?

I've got a simple text file that I keep in Dropbox for holding important notes. I've name it so it shows up at the top of the directory, so that it is quickly accessible from anywhere - on my Mac, ...
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Pillars of Eternity: Games in the cloud

I have the Mac App Store version (not Steam) of Pillars of Eternity and I would like to synchronise saved games among two Macs. Either with iCloud or Dropbox. I tried to synchronise ...
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Why isn't Finder updating a folder's contents?

Today I had the strange behavior that I added some files to a folder in Finder (that happens to be in dropbox) from Outlook, but Finder did not show them. I could see them from the Open File dialog ...
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troubleshooting Finder (and disk access?) speeds — Dropbox extension problems?

I am on Yosemite 10.10.3, though in the public beta program (which now is in sync with releases). I am also in the Dropbox beta, now on 3.5.58, for what it's worth. File access is curiously slow now. ...
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Yosemite broke Dropbox toolbar shortcut to reveal files in Finder

I just updated to Yosemite, and now I cant access newly added files through the dropdown menu the Dropbox icon in the toolbar provides. Previously it was possible to reveal a newly added file in ...
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How to play MP3s on iPhone 5s without iTunes?

I just switched from an Android to an iPhone for the first time, so I am learning. I have a ton of MP3s I want to have on my phone. I used my computer and put them all in Dropbox and it works fine ...
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Make Dropbox app upload in background without having to open every 10 minutes

Is there any kind of workaround to get Dropbox on iPhone iOS to work as well as it does on Android? Installing Dropbox on the iPhone requires manually triggering the upload process instead of it ...
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How do you delete Dropbox from OS X Yosemite?

So this seems like an obvious one, but after some searching around the web and Dropbox's bad help section I've really come unstuck with this. I'm trying to delete the official Dropbox app from my ...
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Sharing Dropbox folder between OSX and Ubuntu

I've got a MacBook Pro in dual boot MacOSX + Ubuntu. I'm sharing a home partition between the two, with HFS+ filesystem, and a Data partition, also in HFS+. In the Data partition I placed my Dropbox ...
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Can I stop Dropbox from automatically updating itself on OS X?

Dropbox seems to auto-update itself on OS X. Problem is that the latest version of Dropbox doesn't support OS X 10.10.0 which I have to run for compatibility with other apps. I tried re.installing ...
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share screenshots with Dropbox does not work

the automatically share screenshots with Dropbox does not work for me in 10.9. I’m not sure what to do, already installed the latest version of Dropbox
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Limit hard drive i/o usage by one process (Dropbox)

I'm using only 5% of 1TB given by Dropbox and it regularly chokes my Mac Mini's HDD by "Downloading file list" too often. I think it's just a poor performance (it started since the last Dropbox ...
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Dropbox Install in Data Partition between OS X and Windows 7 Boot Camp

I have a Data partition between OS X Mavericks and Windows 7 Boot Camp. I have my Dropbox folder in the partition. I have tried using it in the past formatted as exFAT. This was unsatisfactory in that ...