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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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 ...
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Startup Disk is full but can't do Dropbox

My Mac says that the Startup Disk is full. I know I have way too many pictures in Photos so I got a huge Dropbox subscription to add pics before deleting from my hard drive to free up space. However, ...
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Executing “Copy Dropbox Link” with a script

I want to create a script that executes the command from the contextual (control-click) menu, "Copy Dropbox Link". How can I access this command with Applescript (or any other Mac scripting service)? ...
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Hide Dropbox icons from the Finder menu

is it possible to remove Dropbox's icons from the Finder context menu ? I just want to be able to see the text and not the icons. I can't find anywhere in the settings to do this. Any other possible ...
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Missing “Move to Dropbox” contextual menu option

A while ago, I lost the "Move to Dropbox" option in my Finder's contextual menu, and, originally, I didn't make much of it since I read that it was an issue/bug in OS X, which Dropbox reported to ...
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Sync custom folder icon with Dropbox

I have added custom folder icons to some of the folders in my Dropbox. I would like this to get synced across devices, but it seems that it does not. Is there a way to get custom icons to sync with ...
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App (or OSX) changing Accessibility setting by itself

Dropbox requests (though doesn't seem to require, i.e. it runs without) accessibility/control computer permission (under Security -> Privacy). Removing permission manually (requiring admin password), ...
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Which text editors for iPhone support tabs and editing files in Dropbox in-place?

I've been searching for a text editor on iPhone with the following features: Support for browsing files in Dropbox and editing them in-place. Support for keeping more than one file open at a time and ...
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How should I format a Micro SD card for Dropbox storage?

I have been using a 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3 device with my MacBook for a while now and have really grown to love having all of my Dropbox available without using up my SSD disk space. I've ...
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How can Almost Empty Dropbox folder Take 1.3 GB Space?

System: El-Capitan 10.11.5. Finder details of Dropbox folder I deleted Dropbox from my PC. The directory size is 1.3GB although it contains only symlinks, by ls -laS drwxr-xr-x+ 54 masi staff 1836 ...
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Dropbox folder not syncing after move

I moved my dropbox folder to a different location, following the instructions provided by dropbox. (I use the desktop client. OS X 10.11.5) Specifically, I clicked on the Dropbox icon, went to ...
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How to sync home folders with Dropbox/Onedrive/Google Drive?

For some reason, I'd like to sync my home folders (that is ~) with sync tools such as Dropbox/Onedrive/Google Drive. However, making a symbolism link is not working. Then I found some apps while none ...
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iOS 9.3.1: Dropbox 6.2 doesn't appear in Activities in Photos

From the Photos app in iOS 9.3.1, Dropbox does not appear in the list of places where I can share photos. I've tried clicking on the three dots at the right of both activities bars, and Dropbox is ...
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Run Automator script when new files are added

I'm trying to make an automator script to import photos in Photos.app that are in my DropBox folder. Nothing spectacular you'd say - true. But I can't get it to work. On a change in the folder, the ...
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Dropbox files are syncing but Finder is not displaying them

I'm running Yosemite (and have been for a while) and suddenly new Dropbox files are not showing in Finder. They are syncing properly, and I can see this in the Dropbox recently updated menu in the ...
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Dropbox context menu disappears from TotalFinder after some time

For a few months I've been struggling with strange behaviour two of my apps: TotalFinder and Dropbox. The issue is combined with the Dropbox menu available on right-click. When I start my computer ...
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How do I save multiple images from my Dropbox app to my Camera Roll

I need to save multiple photos from my Dropbox to my camera roll. From what I can see you can only do one at a time. Is there a way to this by folder? I have 60+ images and and doing one at a time ...
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Change Folder Icon for Shared Dropbox Folder

I have several shared Dropbox folders. I would like to change the folder icon for each, to be a picture of the people with whom that folder is shared. I know that I can change the icons for regular ...
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Retaining current files in Dropbox after restoring Time Machine backup

My mac recently had a software problem and I need to restore a time machine backup to get the mac working again. I do not want to restore any dropbox files to their earlier state, especially since I ...
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Remove “Move to Dropbox” menu from Finder context menu

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 ...
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Symbolic links of plist file getting turned into plain text files

I'm trying to share my Sequel Pro favourites between my iMac and my Macbook Air. The method I'm using is this: On the iMac, ove Favorites.plist from ~/Application Support/Sequel Pro/Data to ~/...
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CHM reader with Dropbox/Google Drive support in iPad?

I would like to find some CHM reader which you can use to read CHM files which are located in Dropbox or Google Drive. I could not open books of those cloud services in CHMate premium, although there ...
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How to debug .app that only successfully launches from Terminal?

Recently, my Dropbox.app stopped launching correctly. If I double-click on the app or try to launch via spotlight, the app just silently dies within a second. I see it show up in Activity Monitor, but ...
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Dropbox: Stop syncing “ghost files”

If you are a Mac user, and you happen to have looked at local folders using the terminal, you might have noticed, that a file foo.txt is there BUT also ._foo.txt. That is considered a "ghost file", ...
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I uninstalled Dropbox but still have .dropbox listed when I do ls -a. Why?

I have uninstalled Dropbox from my Applications on OS X but it is still showing as .dropbox in my home directory. Why is that please?
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Dropbox and locate?

I frequently use the locate command to find files on my machine, but it doesn't index the Dropbox folder. I can't find any way to configure the folder selection. Is there a way to include dropbox in ...
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Use the Downloads folder as shared folder between two Macs with Dropbox

I would like to have the Downloads folder of my Mac shared between two Macs using Dropbox. The idea is to have the same archives in both Download folders. How can I accomplish this?
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Automatic incremental bootable off-site online backup

I'm looking for a way to clone my hard disk and have that clone be stored online. If my house burns down I could then download the disk file and mount it, so I could pick up from where I left off. ...
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What will Dropbox do when I boot my external backup drive?

My MacBook just died and I brought it into the store to get it fixed. Luckily I have a recent backup (from last week) that I made with SuperDuper so I can actually plug it into my wife's Mac and boot ...
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Why does Dropbox require Accessibility?

In System Preferences, Security & Privacy, Accessibility: Dropbox.app is there and it is checked. Why does Dropbox need access to the OS's accessibility features? Is it safe to uncheck it, will ...
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Does Dropbox Auto Camera Upload work with iCloud Photo Library?

Currently, I store all my photos in iCloud Photo Library. However, I'd like to have another copy of them in Dropbox. Ideally, I'd want my iPad to upload all new images that I add to my iCloud Photo ...
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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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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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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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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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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. What are the advantages and disadvantages in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 doesn'...
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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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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 keys)...
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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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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 ...