Dropbox – Preventing certain folders from syncing on some of your devices
I need to put large files in my dropbox so that I can share them with one person. The process is simple enough with Dropbox installed on my desktop:
- Right Click on the file
- “Copy to Dropbox”
- Go to the dropbox folder
- Right click and choose “Share dropbox link”
- I can then send an email with that link to the person I want to share the file with.
What happened today was that I had put a file in my dropbox from my desktop and shared the dropbox link as intended. However, when I was out and started up my laptop, it was unusable as the laptop was trying to sync 1.3 GB of data. When I looked at the task manager, Dropbox was using up a lot of CPU and disk access. I temporarily stopped the dropbox sync.
- Create a folder in your dropbox folder. Call it something like “No Sync”
- Put the files you want to share but not sync to your other devices in that folder
- Go to the device that you don’t want to have syncing those files.
- Right Click on the dropbox icon in the tray
- Choose Preferences
- Click on Account
- Click on Selective Sync
- Uncheck the folders you do not want to sync and click Update, Then click OK
- Dropbox slowed my PC to a crawl.
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