How to Access Dropbox Preferences in Windows?

The Dropbox desktop app is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows operatng systems. Dropbox in Windows actually mainly refers to the "Dropbox Folder", and it's a local folder that works just like any other folder in your Windows File Explorer, you can create new files or folders, and you can also copy, paste or clip files. And all your actions will be synchronized to the Dropbox website.

Google Drive Setting
Google Drive Setting

The Dropbox Preferences helps users to manage your Dropbox files easily. Then where you can find or access the Dropbox Preferences in Windows computer? Check out the following guide. Only 3 steps, you can find the Preferences of your Dropbox App.

Step 1.Click the Dropbox iconin the system tray or menu bar of your computer.

Step 2.Click the gear icon

Step 3. Select Preferences…from the menu.

For Mac users to access Dropbox Preferences:

  • Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar in the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the upper-right corner.
  • Click Preferences.

What's inside Dropbox Desktop App Preferences?

After you follow the above step to access the Dropbox Preferences, you will find several options. What are they and how they work. Here, we will introduce them one by one. 

Google Drive Settings
Google Drive Settings

1. General

A normal settings. You can set whether it starts with the system startup and select your prefered language. That's to say, you can have Dropbox launch automatically whenever you start your computer. If you want to keep your Dropbox folder synced online, you can tick this option.

2.  Account

Check out your Dropbox account. At the same time, you can unlink your computer from your Dropbox account using this option. After that, your Dropbox will stop syncing local files to your online account. Also, you can relinked any Dropbox account using the same button. Besides, you can add a team account.

3. Backup

You can set up a backup task right here to automatically back up external drives or computer folders to Dropbox.  The "Camera Upload" can automatically upload photos to Dropbox from your camera and other devices by connecting them to your computer. 

4. Bandwidth

Bandwidth allows you to control or set the upload and download rate limit. For instance, you can throttle your upload/download speed in order to save bandwidth or increase upload  speeds to save time. Besides, it also offers the "LAN sync".  If your computer is connected to a LAN, enabling this setting in the Dropbox desktop app will override your bandwidth settings and may speed up syncing for files stored on your LAN.

5. Proxies

This setting lets you connect the Dropbox desktop app to a proxy server, if there’s one available.

6. Notifications

In this part, you can choose to receive what kind of notification from Dropbox, such as  "Comment on files", "Tasks assigned to me", "Files and Folders shared with me" and so on. Choose what you need.

7. Sync

This might be the most used setting by Dropbox users. It contains the "Selective Sync", allowing you to select specific folders sync to your computer, instead of syncing all folders to pc. That helps saving computer space, especially the local disk does not have enough space left. Besides, you can change the location of your Dropbox folder on your computer.

Dropbox Preferences not Saving?

If you have made some changes in the Dropbox Preferences, but they are not saved and taking effect, there are a few steps you can try to resolve the issue:

1. Check for Updates: Ensure that you are using the latest version of the Dropbox app. Sometimes, updating the app can resolve issues with preferences not saving.

2. Restart Dropbox: Try quitting Dropbox completely and then reopening it. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve temporary glitches.

3. Reset Preferences: If restarting doesn't work, you can try resetting your Dropbox preferences. To do this, go to Dropbox preferences, and look for an option to reset preferences. This will revert your preferences to default settings.

4. Check for Disk Space: Ensure that you have enough free disk space on your computer. Dropbox may have trouble saving preferences if your disk is full.

5. Reinstall Dropbox: As a last resort, you can try uninstalling Dropbox and then reinstalling it. This can sometimes resolve more complex issues with preferences not saving.

If none of these steps work, you may want to contact Dropbox support for further assistance.


The above content is all about Dropbox Preferences. The Dropbox App allows you to easily manage files in local folder, just like any folder in Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder. You can connect two Dropbox account into one computer (one personal account and one team account) and manage them together. Apart from using the app, you can utilize MultCloud as well, which allows you to unlimited cloud accounts into one platform for centralized management.

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