For example:

I have the following folders in my Dropbox:


On PC1, I have only the following folders selected in selective sync:


Folder3 does does not sync to this PC as it is omitted in selective sync.

Now on PC2, I create a new folder, Folder4.

Dropbox automatically adds the folder to the selected sync folders on PC1

So I now have on PC1:

Folder4 (added automatically to selective sync folders)

Is there a way to set up Dropbox so that Folder4 is not synced to PC1 until I explicitly select it in selective sync?

  • If I understand your problem (and I'm not sure I do) you can create an empty Folder4 on PC2, and it will propagate to PC1. You can now remove it from selective sync on PC1 and anything you now add to it on PC2 will not be copied. – AFH Sep 19 '15 at 12:40
  • The point is, I don't want to have to remove it from selective sync. I wan't Dropbox on PC1 know that I'm using selective sync, so only sync the folders I have originally specified, and not automatically sync new ones. – gb2d Sep 19 '15 at 18:09
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    DropBox defaults to syncing new folders. The best I can suggest is to create a folder NoSync which you deselect from sync on PC1 once only, then create any new folders under that if you do not want to sync them. You then move them up a level when you subsequently require to sync them. This puts PC2 in control of syncing. – AFH Sep 20 '15 at 0:30
  • That does sound like a reasonable work around. Would probably end up with everything in the nosync folder! – gb2d Sep 20 '15 at 8:01

You could do this, but only with subfolders:

Dropbox --> PC1     --> Folder1
                    --> Folder2
        --> PC2     --> Folder3
                    --> Folder4
        --> All PCs --> Folder5

So PC1 has selective sync setup to sync PC1 and All PCs, PC2 has selective sync setup to sync PC2 and All PCs.

Therefore if PC2 creates PC2 --> Folder6 it will not be synced to PC1.

Unfortunately adding a subfolder of a partially synced folder causes any new folders to also sync, so this is the only current way for this to work.

  • Yes, I think a solution like this is the way to go. It's a shame, because to me the obvious default behaviour would be having selected a restricted sync set, retain this set until I choose to sync more. I guess there's situations where the opposite is preferable (e.g. for subfolders of folders that I do want to sync) – gb2d Sep 22 '15 at 10:18
  • @gb2d I understand your point, but the default behaviour seems to be the safer one, since it gives you those files locally even if you don't do anything. – gerlos May 15 '17 at 13:11

Other than workarounds with subfolders (e.g. create a "Dropbox" subfolder with everything in it and update your links to point to the deeper nested dropbox), this is not currently supported.

There is a discussion in Dropbox Forums about this issue which may be updated if there is a fix released by Dropbox.

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