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If I delete a file from my storage at dropbox.com, but it still exists locally on my computer, will syncing cause the local file to delete?

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Yes. It's easily tested: after a few seconds any file deleted through the website will also be deleted from your computer's Dropbox folder.

On a Mac, it will also not be moved to your Trash, but really be gone. Of course, it can still be recovered using the Dropbox website though.

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But if I want to start some directory from scratch? The only idea that comes to mind is to delete this folder from the online storage and then sync. –  Leif Ericson Aug 26 '13 at 11:55
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Please next time make sure your question is complete before asking it; please see What is the XY problem? That said, I don't understand what you mean, but I'm sure it is very easily tested? –  Arjan Aug 26 '13 at 11:58

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