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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 reconnect Siri Shortcuts to Dropbox?

I have some Shortcuts using Dropbox actions (such as “Get Dropbox File”). Now whenever I try to run them, I get this error: An unknown error occurred (invalid_access_token/) This started to happen ...
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Password-protected text file which will open in Dropbox app

I have all my passwords and stuff in an Open Office Write document (.odt file) in Dropbox. That file is itself password-protected (which effectively means it is encrypted with the password being the ...
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File in Trash cannot be deleted, not even with sudo rm

Ever since Dropbox updated its software a few months ago, and advised all Mac users to update in order to continue having the same facilities, a folder in my Dropbox Cloud was apparently corrupted and ...
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Remove the dropbox options from the right click menu

When right clicked in the dropbox directory, the menu looks like this. I don't use those dropbox options and don't plan on doing so in the future. I understand I can disable the dropbox extension ...
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odd spotlight search behavior for dropbox folder in cloudstorage directory on macos

I am trying to understand how the new dropbox folder on macos works with Spotlight Search. system: macbook pro, macOS 13.2.1 and DropBox v169.4.5684 This version of DropBox puts locally stored files ...
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Cannot permanently delete certain files

I have this recurring problem where certain files can't be removed from my bin: The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “0000” can’t be read or written. (Error code -36) I'm ...
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Can't move Dropbox to ~/Library/CloudStorage

I'm unable to complete the latest Dropbox update that changes the location of Dropbox on macOS to ~/Library/CloudStorage. Following the walkthrough that appears in the Dropbox app I get in an ...
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How can I open with Safari an html file in dropbox on my iOS device

I have a simple html file with all my links that I share between all my devices. I can see and open the file from within the Dropbox application but cannot seem to figure out, how to open it from ...
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How to “sync” a laptop to an external hard drive if the hard drive is larger than the laptop drive?

I have what should be a really simple question but Google Search is failing me. I have a lot of data (TBs) on Dropbox. My laptop hard drive has only 500 GB. For the last few years, I’ve been using the ...
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OneDrive and DropBox on iPhone will not sync if they are closed

My OneDrive and DropBox will not sync photos on my iPhone unless they are opened. I have checked both apps settings and they are allowed to run in the background. Also, both are allowed to use ...
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Dropbox folder in Dock is now just showing a 'blank' blue folder

All of a sudden in the dock (next to downloads folder etc) the dropbox folder is just showing as a plain blue regular mac folder. It still looks correct in Finder And also in Get Info I have tried ...
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Preview: "The original document can't be saved, so a duplicate with your changes has been created" - problem only in Dropbox/Documents and Desktop

I have an odd issue since updating Dropbox to a version that should support the new cloud application management in Ventura: When I open a PDF in the Preview.app and enter some text, I get the above ...
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How do I use Automator to quit Dropbox when a drive unmounts?

I have Dropbox on internal 12TB RAID'ed drives. It works pretty well. But recently one of the drives failed, which caused Dropbox to think I had deleted all my files. Dropbox started to delete all my ...
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Dropbox is not syncing files

I have two macs with a Dropbox folder syncing between them. The Dropbox on my iMac is not syncing properly, i.e. when I add new files, it just does not sync them. Only when I pause and then sync again ...
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Cannot view another users' 'Drop Box' folder

I'm trying to transfer a large file between 2 different user accounts on my Mac (both are mine). I put the file in 'Public / Drop Box' as apparently that would make it accessible to other users. But ...
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Dropbox usage without being installed

I saw high usage on the Dropbox app last night, without having ever installed this app. Any explanation? find: ./Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Library/Developer/...
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Copying files / folders between user accounts

I have 2 admin user accounts on my Mac (both are mine). There is a folder that I'd like to move from one of the accounts to the other. I tried simply locating the folder in Finder and then copying / ...
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How can I stop DropBox from being automatically added to the top of the sidebar in Finder?

What it says on the tin. No matter whether I reorder my sidebar items or remove DropBox from my sidebar outright, it always reappears at the top of the sidebar upon login. I haven't found anything in ...
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Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders are gone after deleting Dropbox

Recently, I downloaded Dropbox to try it out, and upon realizing it required a subscription after 2 GB, I decided to cut to the chase and delete it. After syncing everything, I followed the ...
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Unable to upload file from Files application

When I go to App Library -> Productivity & Finance -> Files on my iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14.8) I have an Exports folder with a number of *.glb files in it. I click on one, click on the ...
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macOS — What is the reason for a 6 Gb Dropbox folder to use 107 Gb of space?

My whole Dropbox folder contains just around 6 (six!) Gb of data. It's the same amount of space on all my PCs, but on my MacBook these are 107 (hundred seven!) Gb for some reason. I'd like to find ...
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Dropbox's "Manage backup" is missing on my new Mac

I used to use Dropbox to backup my Desktop/Documents/Downloads, and it worked out fine on my old Mac. However, I recently bought a new Macbook with the M1 chip. When I go to Dropbox -> preference -&...
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Store notes within folders (alternative Dropbox Paper)

I would like to store a note or text document within a finder folder and have that sync across all my devices and my wife's devices. And be accessed from the note/text app itself. This is currently ...
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How do I ensure an external disk mounts before certain apps launch at startup?

I have an SSD connected to my iMac via USB, and I use it to store, among other things, my Dropbox folder, which is too large for my built-in storage. This generally works well, but sometimes (often) ...
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iOS Cloud Providers

I've noticed that 3rd party cloud providers are not what I consider to be first-class citizens. For example, I can't specify a Dropbox folder as the Safari download folder. Nor can I link a folder ...
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iCloud drive for desktop, documents, and downloads folder and dropbox in its own folder

Can I use iCloud drive for desktop, documents, and downloads folder and then use dropbox in its own folder? Their files won't intersect but wondering if this is a bad idea.
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Unable to delete Dropbox folder from my local hard disk

I have installed Dropbox app on Mac. This created a folder named "Dropbox" in my home folder. I copied a large folder into this Dropbox folder. The syncing of this folder is taking a lot of ...
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Will I break anything by changing HOME to /Users/flname/Dropbox

I have two computers and I want to just turn them on and have the same experience on both. I think the best way to do this is to have my preferences files in my Dropbox. Problem is, my applications ...
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Other data taking up to much space on mac, can't figure out what this other data is

I found out my company's dropbox was syncing everything to my mac, I had selective sync on but somehow this changed. I then uninstalled dropbox to stop this syncing as choosing selective sync didn't ...
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Sync multiple macs together (which is better iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive?)

I have 3 MacBooks and I made a Time Machine on one of them e.g macA and then restore it on the others macB and macC. Now I want to keep the 3 Macs in sync where if I did some changes on any mac (added ...
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Remove Dropbox "Send with Transfer..." item from Finder context menu

A recent version of Dropbox has added the new menu item "Send with Transfer..." when right-clicking any file on your Mac, not just files in Dropbox. I know that Dropbox's Finder Extension ...
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How to sync fonts across Macbooks? Extended question

I'm bouncing on a question posted here a while ago: How to sync fonts across Macbooks? The question is about how to store all fonts on a cloud folder (i.e. Dropbox), and load these fonts on other ...
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Sync text files (.txt) between iPhone and Mac; and edit (in-place), and search them on iPhone

I keep notes in text files (.txt) in a folder. I want to be able to edit and search these on my iPhone. I currently use VS Code to edit the text files on my Mac. Currently, I sync them via Dropbox. ...
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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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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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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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