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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Does Dropbox automatically add itself to the Spotlight privacy list?

I have recently got a new mac (macOS 12.2) and configured it manually, without importing my data from my old one. One of the apps I've installed on the new mac is Dropbox. Recently I noticed that ...
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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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Have Apple Music recognize local files instead of trying to download from cloud

I had my previous iTunes/Music app pointed to a directory under Dropbox (e.g. home/Dropbox/Music/). Underneath that Music directory, all the albums and songs are organized the way iTunes wanted it. (e....
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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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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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