Questions tagged [dropbox]

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 macOS which people can "drop" files into.

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How to take back control of screenshot functionality from Dropbox?

I have dropbox installed and it forces all screenshots to be saved to a Screenshots folder inside the Dropbox directory. I have checked the options that are available when you press Command + Shift + ...
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Does Spotlight index the contents of symlinks?

From what I can tell, Finder searches do not follow symlinks. Is this expected behavior? I can't find it documented anywhere. Background: I've been syncing some PDFs using Dropbox (location A), but ...
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Inspect used storage - rather than total size of sync-able dropbox folders

Is it possible to switch "About This Mac > Storage > Manage" toward a mode that will always show the storage occupied on my computer? Folders synced by Dropbox's "smart sync" display their total size ...
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Sync Desktop now that Dropbox no longer supports symlinks

How can I have my Desktop sync over Dropbox? Previously, I used symlinks to have Dropbox sync the Desktop and Documents folders while keeping them in their actual locations. Dropbox no longer ...
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Path to user directory when username is unknown

Some colleagues and I have our cloud storage (e.g. Dropbox) syncing to our macs. The local path to a particular folder in our synchronised cloud storage looks like /Users/{$USERNAME}/CloudSync/...
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Excel VBA Macro Grant Access All Files Grayed Out

I have a VBA script that I wrote. It accesses a data file in a Dropbox shared folder using Workbooks.Open FileName. I just updated Excel and now when the script runs it's asking me to grant access, ...
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How can I change the default Documents and Pictures directories to symlinks?

I have most of my important files under Dropbox, like Pictures and Documents. It would be great if I could set the default Documents and Pictures directories to either point under the respective ...
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How to remove Icons from the new Dropbox App Mac?

Until the new release of Dropbox, you could rename the icon resources in the Dropbox.app (Mac version). But this doesn’t work anymore with the new Dropbox release. Is there anybody who figured out ...
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Copying dropbox files on MacOS (shared folder icons)

I have a DropBox account that has folders in it. Some folders are shared and others are not shared. When accessed directly from Finder I can see the shared folders have an icon with three people on it....
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Is there a way to prevent simultaneous mounting of a DMG in a shared folder?

I share encrypted disk images (dmg) over Dropbox to share sensitive information with others (or across my own machines). Is there a way to 'lock' the DMG when it is mounted in one machine so that it ...
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Shortcuts action to open an excel file stored in Dropbox

I’m using an iPhone X on iOS 12. I have an excel (.xlsx) file saved in Dropbox. Is there a way of getting the Shortcuts app to open the excel file in the Microsoft Excel for iOS app?
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Original file overwriting symlink

I use symlinks to files in a large TexShop project I'm working on so I can do little scratch pad experiments aside from the main project, but use all the same preamble etc. The project is on DropBox. ...
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iCloud settings on Mac book shows that Dropbox is storing its file inside iCloud when that isn't actually happening

I was running through my settings when i stumbled upon this. I'm curious what is actually stored inside iCloud (by Dropbox), because the files inside Dropbox are obviously not (my Dropbox folder is ...
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Can OSX still sync dropbox while “asleep”?

If a Mac Mini running macOS 10.11 is in sleep mode, but powered on and connected to the network, will Dropbox still sync in the background?
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Save multiple photos from iPhone camera roll to dropbox

As you know, when you're in the camera roll on an iPhone you can select one or more photos from the "send" button and take various actions. One such action I have is "Save to Dropbox", but this is ...
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About This Mac → Storage suggests more space in on the SSD than is actually being used [duplicate]

I've got a 480 GB SSD in a MacBook Pro running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. I have recently reformatted the drive and clean installed the OS. I have very limited programmes installed on this machine and ...
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Finder not displaying a folder icon. How do I get it back?

In the screenshot above, my Real Estate folder on the right (a dropbox folder) isn't showing the littel blue folder icon. It isn't affecting anything functionally yet it just drives me crazy every ...
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iPad 10 locked up trying to open HTML file from dropbox

My iPad 10 on iOS 12.0.1 locked up when opening an html file from Dropbox. Flashing sign: “Leaving Dropbox This file is trying to open another app. CANCEL CONTINUE.” Cancel or continue buttons are ...
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Automator service to create Dropbox symlink

I'm trying to create an Automator service(in the right click menu) that creates a symlink of the folder/file and moves it to the Dropbox folder. This is what I have right now: while [ $# -ne 0 ]; do ...
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Error message “The location of the document “Social Stats record Spreadsheet.numbers” cannot be determined”?

I am trying to save my Numbers spreadsheet and this message (as stated in the question) is showing. I am also trying to export the file as a PDF and this message pops up - The document “Social Stats ...
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AppleScript to Option-click on the Dropbox Menu Bar Icon

I have an AppleScript that does a simple "mouse" click on the Dropbox menu bar icon (Menu Extra or Menulet). It works well. tell application "System Events" tell UI element "Dropbox" tell menu ...
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How can I force Dropbox to Sync files

I have several files in my local Dropbox directory which Finder shows with the blue "in progress" indicator, some have been there for days. How can I force Dropbox to Sync the unsynced files?
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Is cloud syncing possible with FileVault?

Today, on my professional computer, I wanted to open a personal document (PDF) directly from Dropbox website. However, it was impossible for Dropbox to show a preview of this PDF file (This file can’t ...
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Dealing with macos Versions feature and file syncing services

Full disclosure: I'm yet to come to terms with the Versions feature and that saving ain't saving anymore. I've had no shortage of dramas losing work and losing track of files since the feature was ...
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Hard links on High Sierra

I have been using hard links, as described here, for linking my important folders to my Dropbox. A very useful trick for backing up without messing up your preferred directory structure. After my ...
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Important files and photos saved on Cloud service [closed]

What happens if the iCloud/GoogleDrive/DropBox data center where my important files (business info, family photos) are saved ever faces a catastrophic situation like a terrorist nuclear bomb attack? ...
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How can I share AppStore 1Password Pro on my MacBook?

The information on 1Password regarding using/sharing the application one purchased in AppStore is that it is possible. You are given a rundown on how to install on your other device. But it doesn't ...
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Seeking text editor for Dropbox on iPad and iPhone

I've been using Hog Bay's Plain Text app to edit text files on my Dropbox for the last few years; but as of two days ago it's no longer syncing. Presumably this is because Dropbox have discontinued ...
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Unknown “Icon?” file in Dropbox Stack

I have a shortcut to my Dropbox folder on my dock. Occasionally, a file called "Icon?" will appear when I click on the Dropbox folder on my dock, as shown below. Does anyone know why this file keeps ...
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How to upload video from iPhone to Dropbox?

I went through the steps mentioned in previous queries (which noted setting it up through Camera Upload file). Bought the upgrade on Dropbox to 1TB ($99 per year). iPhone had photos and videos "on" ...
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How to copy a book from iBooks with highlighting?

I have a book on my iMac at work which has highlighting all over the book. But when I put the book in my Dropbox and open it on my MacBook at home there are no highlights. Is there a way to preserve ...
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iOS WriteRoom editor feature replacement?

One of my favorite features about WriteRoom is that as soon as I open it, I see a listing of a Dropbox directory I have previously configured. No extra steps. This lets me very quickly get to my notes ...
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Deleting space on my iphone/icloud

If I am storing photos on my Dropbox or Google Photos, can I delete them from my iCloud and still access them through these other apps?
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Is there an alternative to Dropbox which has an smaller CPU overhead

Ok, this is not necessarily strictly Mac, however it does affect my Macs differently. I have an 5 years old iMac which is ok with Dropbox running all the time, while my brand new MBP (2017) struggle ...
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Mac Pro trashcan as file server for 60+ users

I'm wondering if anyone out there has had any experience using a Mac Pro trashcan as a file server for a medium business. My concern is that it won't be able to handle the network traffic for 60+ ...
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Using Dropbox Folder as Desktop

I would like to use my Dropbox folder as my Desktop. I know how to do it in Linux and Windows, but couldn't find any guide for Mac. Any ideas?
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Screenshot go 'nowhere' after Dropbox installation

I installed dropbox and now my screenshots go to dropbox, I tried disabling "Share screenshots using dropbox" but now screenshots don't go to the folder but also not to the clipboard How can I store ...
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Why are my Photos library database/metadata files being modified even when I'm not using the Photos app?

OS: MacOS 10.12.3 (16D32) Hardware: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) I currently use Dropbox to sync, among other things, my Photos library on my laptop*. The Dropbox widget notifies me when ...
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Menu bar app for plain text/markdown notes?

I'm converting from Evernote to Dropbox/Markdown for my notes. And I really love the quick note capture menu bar applet for Evernote (image below). Anyone know of something similar for plain text ...
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Not able to share symlinked folders with Dropbox for Mac?

I'm having a problem with the Dropbox client for the Mac. I have symlinked ~/Projects/ into ~/Dropbox/Projects/ using MacDropAny.app, which basically runs ln -s. This works as suspected. But when I ...
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How to download file under same filename?

I have DropBox enabled on my Mac running Sierra and I have changed my Safari download location to the Downloads folder I created in my DropBox folder. Whenever I download a file under the same name, ...
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Dropbox Public Folder Alternative - so I can copy public links from the Finder?

I just got an email from Dropbox saying that they are disabling the Public folder feature as of March 15, 2017 and I'm looking for a (free) alternative. I use the public folder quite extensively, ...
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How to auto-quit dropbox when a drive gets disconnected

I store all my photos on a connected thunderbolt drive. I use a symlink in dropbox folder to keep the photos backed up to dropbox. all good. If I need to take my laptop with me, and I disconnect the ...
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How do I get .wav files made on the iPad into dropbox?

I have an iPad Mini, and I have iElectribe which allows me to make music loops and render them as .wav files. I want to use them in other apps and also store them in Dropbox or Google drive, but ...
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Apple Messages Not Working At All After Update

I recently updated to OS 10.12.2 (16C67), all of my apps (most recently iTunes), and my phone to 10.2, and I'm having an issue with my Apple Messages app not syncing, and not being able to send or ...
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Impossible for me to open Dropbox in Mac OS X 10.6.8

I'm working with 2 different Mac systems: 10.1 and 10.6.8. I've installed Dropbox since 1 year. When I was working with Mac number one, the Dropbox of my computer number 2 was updated. But this ...
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Is it advisable to sync Applications and User prefs between two Macs?

I've got an iMac as my main computer and just bought a MacBook for while I'm travelling or visiting clients. I'm using Dropbox to keep my files in sync. But I've thinking about taking a step further ...
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Hidden Documents folder after turning off iCloud Drive

I recently tried iCloud Drive for syncing my Desktop and Documents folders. However, Documents was already being synced via Dropbox and I noticed that iCloud Drive and Dropbox don't get along. ...
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What happens when put a Finder alias in a Dropbox folder?

I have several folders and files that I would like to link to a local folder that happens to be a Dropbox folder. Specifically I'd like to put Finder aliases to some files and some folders into a ...
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Sign into different third party app accounts

I'd like to be able to sign into different third party apps with separate accounts. Is there a way to force iOS to open a web view instead of switching to the app for sign in? For example, I currently ...