View-only access lets people view, comment, and download a file. People with view-only access can't edit the file itself. View-only access is best for when you need to share a file with a large audience, or if you want to gather feedback on a file.
There are two ways to share a file with view-only access:
- Share a file directly in Dropbox if you only want certain people to have access to your file
- Note: People you share a file with must have a Dropbox account. If you share a file to an email address not associated with a Dropbox account, then the person can create an account or use an existing account that's under a different email.
- Create a shared link if you want anyone to be able to click a link to access your file—people don't need a Dropbox account to view your file
Whether you share a link or a file, the people you share with will be able to:
- View files
- Comment on files
- Download copies of files
However, people who receive a shared link or shared file won't be able to edit the original file in any way.