Deleting and moving files or folders: errors and messages

You may see an error or message when trying to delete or move files in your Dropbox account. These errors and messages help you keep your Dropbox account organized and prevent unintentional deletions or moves.

I got the message “Are you sure you want to delete this file?”

What happened:

You tried to delete or move files or folders in your Dropbox account. When you take certain actions that could delete files or folders for you or others, you’ll be asked to confirm the action.

You need to confirm an action when you:

  • Delete files or folders from a shared folder
  • Delete files or folders from your Dropbox account
  • Move files or folders out of a shared folder

What to do now:

If you didn’t mean to delete or move these files, click Cancel. If you want to confirm the delete or move, click Delete or Move anyway

To disable future warnings for small deletions or moves, check the box next to Don’t ask me again. This disables warnings for future actions in that particular shared or team folder, or in your personal files. You can’t disable warnings for large deletions or moves, or for your entire Dropbox account.

If you’re deleting files to save space on your hard drive, try using selective sync or Smart Sync instead. 

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