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A friend of mine has shared his Dropbox folder with me which is nearly 1GB in size. When I click on saving it to my Dropbox, it says it will do the same and also download the stuff to my computer which has the Dropbox account synced.

I want to only add all this stuff to my Dropbox and not download the stuff to my computer.

Is there any way I can do this?

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If you are on windows , right click the dropbox icon and click the small cog(gear) icon in the top right corner then and go to preferences in the context menu that pops up.
Go to Advanced tab where you will find Selective Sync
Select the folders you want the dropbox to download and sync for you. Follow the screenshots below:

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