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  2. Payments and billing
  3. Security and privacy
  4. Dropbox Business
  5. Syncing and uploads
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  9. Space and storage
  10. Photos and videos
  11. Mobile
  12. Dropbox Paper

What is a system tray or menu bar?

In our help center, we refer to the the bars along the top or bottom of your computer screen as the system tray (Windows/Linux) or menu bar (Mac). Your system tray or menu bar contains the Dropbox icon, which is where you access Dropbox settings.

The system tray or menu bar appears in different locations depending on your operating system. Select your operating system to learn more:

The system tray appears at the bottom of the screen and looks like this:


Dropbox on your system tray

If you don't see the Dropbox icon, it could be automatically hidden by Windows. Click on the small white arrow to show all system tray icons. Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.

The system tray appears at the bottom of the screen and looks like this:


Dropbox on your system tray

Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.

The menu bar appears at the top of the screen and looks like this:


Dropbox on your menu bar

Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.

The location of your system tray depends on your Linux installation. The system tray in Ubuntu, for example, appears at the top of the screen and looks like this:


Dropbox on your menu bar

Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.


I don't see the Dropbox icon in my system tray or menu bar—did it disappear?

The Dropbox icon will only appear in your system tray or menu bar if the Dropbox desktop app is downloaded to your computer. Occasionally, the Dropbox icon will seem to "disappear," because the desktop app is inactive on your computer. To resolve, download (or re-download) the Dropbox desktop app and sign in to your Dropbox account when prompted.

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