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Depending on your operating system (Linux, macOS, or Windows), you may see some or all of the options below in the preferences menu. On Linux, you can change some of these settings using commands.

Settings in the general tab

The next step is to create a Dropbox client instance with an API access token. If you haven't already generated an access token for your app please refer to the 'Creating a Dropbox App and Navigating the App Console' section of this guide for information on how you can generate a token from the App. Dropbox issues an access token to the app that can be used to access the user’s Dropbox data Thee most common and secure OAuth flow is the authorization code flow. Unfortunately, that process relies on apps providing a clientsecret in the final request for an access token.

The Dropbox desktop app is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. The preferences menu allows you to customize the Dropbox app to your liking. Learn how to open and view your Dropbox desktop app preferences. The first screen you see when you log in to the Dropbox app shows your recent files, and you can find the same screens when you click the menu icon in the top-left corner. How to Use Dropbox to.

Start Dropbox on system startup

You can have Dropbox launch automatically whenever you start your computer. This option is recommended in order to keep your Dropbox folder synced online and to other computers at all times.


To specify a different language from the default operating system settings, select it from this menu.

Dropbox Badge

Choose if Dropbox badge appears each time you open a Microsoft Office file, to see it only when others are viewing a file, or to never see the badge.

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Open folders in

You can choose to open folders automatically in the Dropbox folder in Finder/File Explorer or the desktop app. Learn how to change that preference.

About Dropbox

This is the current version of your Dropbox installation. Reference this number in support cases or to see if you have the latest version of Dropbox.

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Settings in the account tab

In the account tab you can sign in and out of your Dropbox accounts, view which plan you’re on, and view your storage space. If you have two linked accounts, you can sign in and out of them in this tab. If you sign into both your linked accounts, you can easily switch between them in the desktop app.

Settings in the backups tab


Devices configured for importing photos will show up here.


Choose if you want to enable camera uploads to automatically upload photos and videos from your phone, camera, SD card, or other devices whenever you connect to your computer.


Whenever you take a screenshot, Dropbox will automatically save it to your Dropbox and copy a link to your clipboard so you can share it instantly.

Settings in the bandwidth or network tab

To change bandwidth settings on a Mac computer, click Network, then click Change Settings... next to Bandwidth.

Download rate

  • Don't limit: Select this radio button if you want Dropbox to download files from the Dropbox server at the fastest available speed.
  • Limit to: Limit the rate of download by entering your own download rate in kilobytes per second. Entering '0' will tell Dropbox to download at the fastest speed available.

Upload rate

  • Don't limit: Select this radio button if you want Dropbox to upload files to Dropbox at the fastest available speed.
  • Limit automatically: Select this radio button if you want Dropbox to determine the speed at which to upload your files when it is syncing.
  • Limit to: Choose your own upload rate here in kilobytes per second

LAN sync

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LAN sync is a networking feature that allows you to save time and bandwidth by downloading files directly from other computers on your local network. Deselecting this option will force Dropbox to sync from Dropbox servers every time it detects a change in your Dropbox folder.

Settings in the proxies or network tab

To change proxies settings on a Mac computer, click Network, then click Change Settings... next to Proxies.

Proxy settings

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  • No proxy: Choose no proxy server to tell Dropbox if you don't use a proxy server. Choosing this option may bypass some issues that occur when Dropbox attempts to find a proxy server and fails
  • Auto-detect: This option will let Dropbox auto-detect your proxy settings. Select this option if you are unsure if your internet connection requires a proxy server
  • Manual: Select this radio button to allow you to enter your proxy settings manually. This option is typically for users or administrators who have a non-standard proxy server configuration

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When Manual is selected, the following settings will be available for editing:

  • Proxy type: This pulldown will let you select your proxy server's protocol. Dropbox supports HTTP, SOCKS4, and SOCKS5.
  • Server: Enter the URL and port of your proxy server here.
  • Proxy server requires password: Select this checkbox if your proxy server requires a login. Once you do, the Username and Password fields will be editable.

Settings in the notifications tab

Notify me about

You can set your notification preferences to choose what notifications to receive.

Do not disturb

On Mac computers, you can turn off notifications for a limited time. Choose how long notifications are turned off for.

Settings in the sync tab

Selective sync

Selective sync lets you choose which folders from your Dropbox online account sync to the Dropbox folder on your computer. If you deselect a folder, it won't appear in your Dropbox folder, but it's still in your account on dropbox.com. We recommend you use selective sync for files you don't use very often.

Smart Sync

Smart Sync is only available to Dropbox Business, Plus, Family, and Professional users.

If you choose the Local setting, new files and folders that you add to your account on dropbox.com download to your computer's hard drive in the Dropbox folder.

If you choose the Online-only setting, new files and folders added to your account on dropbox.com display in your Dropbox folder on your computer, but are online-only.

Note: Smart Sync settings only apply to the top-level of folders inside your main Dropbox folder. All lower-level files and folders follow the setting of their parent folder, unless you change them individually.

Select Let my admin manage this setting to use your team's default setting.

Sync setting FAQs

Why are my files downloading to my computer when my Smart Sync is set to online-only?

There are two reasons a file may download to your computer’s Dropbox folder even though your Smart Sync is set to online-only:

  • The file or folder was already on your computer when you added it to your Dropbox folder
    • In this case, the file or folder will continue to take up hard drive space unless you make it online-only
    • Note: You can also unsync it from your computer using selective sync
  • You’re using an application that needed to download files to function properly, including:
    • Backup services
    • Antivirus software
    • Recently used file lists
    • Third party applications that monitor files

Why, after using selective sync, are my folders online-only when my Smart Sync is set to local?

If you’re using Smart Sync (which is only available to Dropbox Business, Plus, Family and Professional users), you can still use selective sync to sync folders from dropbox.com to your computer’s Dropbox folder. Those folders sync to your computer as online-only regardless of your Smart Sync setting, but you can change them to local at anytime.

To change a folder from online-only to local:

  1. Right-click the folder.
  2. Hover over Smart Sync.
  3. Click Local.

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Dropbox folder location

This option changes the location of your Dropbox folder. Typically your Dropbox folder is installed in your user folder (the folder named after your login). However, you can choose any location on your hard drive with this option.

Note: While you can choose the location of your Dropbox folder, you currently can't change the name of your Dropbox folder. No matter where you put it, it will be named Dropbox or Dropbox (Team name) for Business accounts and Dropbox (Personal) for connected personal accounts.


In this article, we explain how you can create your own custom Dropbox App for use with the Dropbox Add-on.

This is optional and not required to use our Dropbox add-on, unless you need to have access to the Dropbox Upload Field or being able to upload files outside of the default app folder created for the Dropbox Add-On within your Dropbox user account, we recommend using the default connect to Dropbox button.

Note: Due to recent changes to the Dropbox API, currently the add-on doesn’t support team level access.

Create an App

  1. Visit the Dropbox App Console.
  2. Click the Create app button.
  3. Under Choose an API section, select Scoped Access.
  4. Under Choose the type of access you need, select Full Dropbox.
  5. Enter a name for your custom app.
  6. If you have a personal and a business account which are linked, you will be asked to select which account you want to own the app. Once you make a selection, you will be asked to sign in to that account.
  7. Click the Create app button. You will be redirected to the control panel for your app. Note the presence of your App key and App secret on this page (not pictured). You will need to enter these into Gravity Forms to connect this custom app once you have followed the remaining steps.
  8. Add the OAuth Redirect URI provided in the add-on settings page to your Dropbox app settings under the OAuth2 Redirect URIs section.
  9. If you will be using the Dropbox Upload Field, which uses the Dropbox file chooser feature, enter the site domain under the Chooser / Saver / Embedder domains and then click Add.
  10. Once you have entered the information above, scroll up and click on the Permissions tab. On the permissions tab, you will need to select the files.content.write and files.content.read permissions in order to allow Gravity Forms to read your Dropbox user directories and to write files to them upon form submission.
  11. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page for the new Permissions to take effect.

Configure the Add-On

  1. In a different tab go to the Forms > Settings > Dropbox page of your sites WordPress admin. And use the data taken at step 7 of the Create an App instructions above to complete the below steps.
  2. Enter the App key taken from the Dropbox control panel for your app.
  3. Enter the App secret from the Dropbox control panel for your app.
  4. Click the Click here to connect to Dropbox. button.