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:

Linux

Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop app 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:

The Dropbox app in your system tray
The Dropbox app in your system tray

Mac

The menu bar appears at the top of the screen.

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

The Dropbox app in your menu bar

Windows

The system tray appears at the bottom of the screen.

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 Dropbox app in your system tray
The Dropbox app in your system tray

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 and running. Occasionally, the Dropbox icon will seem to "disappear," because the desktop app is inactive on your computer. To resolve, you can launch the application again or download (or re-download) the Dropbox desktop app and sign in to your Dropbox account when prompted.

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