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.
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.
Enable Finder integration
With the Finder integration on Mac computers, you can see Dropbox icons over the files in your Dropbox folder and access the right-click Dropbox menu.
Microsoft Office add-in
Choose if Dropbox shows as a save location in Microsoft Office on Windows computers.
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.
To specify a different language from the default operating system settings, select it from this menu.
Personal and work accounts
If you have a personal and work account, you can choose which account's settings you want to change.
See how much storage space is available in your account.
The email address associated with your Dropbox account is shown here. You can unlink this Dropbox account from your computer. If you unlink, 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.
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.
Camera uploads automatically uploads photos and videos from your phone, camera, SD card, or many other media devices whenever you connect it to your computer. Click Enable Dropbox Camera import to turn on or off camera uploads. You can also choose what you enable camera uploads for.
Dropbox Business users: If you connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, camera uploads is only enabled and applied to your personal 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 connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, you can choose the Dropbox to which screenshots will be saved.
To change bandwidth settings on a Mac computer, click Network, then click Change Settings... next to Bandwidth.
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.
To change proxies settings on a Mac computer, click Network, then click Change Settings... next to Proxies.
When Manual is selected, the following settings will be available for editing:
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.
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.
Smart Sync is only available to Dropbox Business 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.
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:
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 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:
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.