How to change desktop app preferences

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.

Access the preferences menu

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in the system tray or menu bar of your computer.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Preferences… from the menu.

Depending on your operating system (Linux, macOS, or Windows), you may see some or all of the options below in the preferences menu.

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.

Notify me about

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


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

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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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Dropbox badge

Dropbox Business users will have the option to see the Dropbox badge each time they open a Microsoft Office file, to see it only when others are viewing a file, or to never see the badge.


The name and email address associated with your Dropbox account is shown here. Your Dropbox account settings can be viewed and customized on

Dropbox Business users: If you've connected your personal and work Dropboxes, then both account settings will be listed on this tab. You can toggle back and forth between the two Dropboxes using the buttons at the top of the tab.

Dropbox 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.

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Selective sync

This option allows you to select which folders sync to your computer. Deselect a folder, and that folder will not sync, or download, to your hard drive. The folder will still continue to sync to other devices linked to your Dropbox account.

Click Advanced to drill down further into your Dropbox folders. You'll be given the option to select or deselect any folder in your Dropbox account

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Unlink this Dropbox

You can unlink your computer from your Dropbox account using this option. Your Dropbox will stop syncing to your online account. An unlinked computer can be linked or relinked to any Dropbox account using the same button.

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Camera Upload

The camera upload function will automatically upload the photos and videos from your phone, camera, SD card, or many other media devices whenever you connect it to your computer. Toggle Enable Dropbox Camera import to turn on or off Camera Upload.

Dropbox Business users: If you've connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, the camera upload function will only be enabled and applied to your personal Dropbox.

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Share screenshots using Dropbox

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.

Dropbox Business users: If you've connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, you can choose the Dropbox to which screenshots will be saved.

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The Network tab contains controls that affect the rate of upload and download as well as controls that allow you to use Dropbox within complex network environments.


Pressing Bandwidth will pop up a menu that contains the options that control the rates in which you allow Dropbox to sync. For instance, you can throttle your upload/download speed in order to save bandwidth or increase upload speeds to save time.


  • Don't limit download rate: Select this radio button if you want Dropbox to download files from the Dropbox server at the fastest available speed.
  • Limit download rate 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.


  • Limit upload rate automatically: Select this radio button if you want Dropbox to determine the speed at which to upload your files when it is syncing.
  • Limit upload rate to: Choose your own upload rate here in kilobytes per second.

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Enable LAN sync

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.

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Pressing the Proxies button allows you to configure your internet connection through a proxy server.

Proxy settings

  • 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

When Manually enter proxy settings 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.


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.

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