I want to remove the annoying "Move to Dropbox" entry in the context menu when I right click a file in macOS Finder.

I know I can disable Dropbox's Finder Extension all-together, but I do like the green check marks that display syncing status. I just don't want the clutter in the right-click context menu.

Is there a way to disable only this "Move to Dropbox" menu item while keeping Dropbox's other Finder integrations?

Move to Dropbox Mac


If you go to Preferences -> Extensions -> Finder, you will see the Finder extension that you can enable/disable and you can enable/disable the Finder extension from the Dropbox app itself.

Unfortunately I don't believe you can simply remove the one option but rather it's an all-or-nothing scenario based on the extension itself. Well, at least until Dropbox makes some improvements.

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    Thanks, this worked. Only think I would add is that I had to "Force Close" Finder via Activity Monitor for this to take effect. – AlexVPerl Jan 31 '19 at 22:58
  • Ok, I spoke too soon. Dropbox re-enables that after some period of time, so the context item was back. – AlexVPerl Jan 31 '19 at 23:10
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    This no longer works, Dmitri Shuralyov's comment in AlexVPerl's answer below for the current method. – Ron E Nov 20 '19 at 15:27

Type (or copy and paste) this into a Terminal shell:

/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox --move-to-dropbox=False

This now can be disabled at System Preferences > Extensions > Finder Extensions.

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Go into Dropbox Preferences and uncheck "Finder Integration"

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    They seem to have removed this option in more recent editions of Dropbox. I have v75.4.141 installed. – orj Jun 25 '19 at 3:56
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    @orj They did remove it in v75.4.141 from Dropbox's Preferences. However, you can go to macOS System Preferences, Extensions, and uncheck "Dropbox Finder Integration" under "Finder Extensions" there. – Dmitri Shuralyov Jun 30 '19 at 0:57
  • @dmitri-shuralyov Ah, good point. – orj Jul 1 '19 at 1:16

This is called a "Finder Service"


Removing Services from the Contextual Menus

To be clear, this removes items, but does not delete the service itself, meaning you can easily go back and re-enable them again should you decide to reverse this and want a service or two back again.

  1. Locate the precise name of the service to remove by summoning the contextual menu from the Finder, in this example we’ll right-click a file and want to remove the “Make Contact Sheet” option from the menu list

  2. Open System Preferences, found within the  Apple menu, and choose “Keyboard” from the preference panel options

  3. Choose the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab, then click on the “Services” option from the left sides options

  4. Navigate through this list to find the exact name of the service you found in the first step, then uncheck the box next to it

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    No, this is not a service, it's an entry in the middle, not the bottom – erotsppa Dec 15 '15 at 21:51

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