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Issues with online only files/folders

Issues with online only files/folders

Stannis33
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I had a problem where my (Windows desktop) dropbox was stuck syncing 43 files for 2 days meaning nothing else was synced up or down during. On another thread I found the suggestion to sign out and sign in again. Which I did. And that did fix that problem.

 

But I was left with a different problem.

 

I now cannot automatically open any file which is currently "online only". I am told it is corrupted, unavailable or cannot be accessed by the system depending on the type of file it is. This applies to every online file I have tried - of numerous types and sizes.
Every file has opened without issue if I manually set it to "make available offline" first, but that is a pain and was not necessary previously.

 

This did not happen before I signed out and in again. Online files were automatically downloaded and opened.
How do I get back to the behaviour again?

 

Similarly I do not have a "Make online-only" on the right click menu. I know some of these feature have been removed from preferences, but the online help says this right-click option is still present and the features pages strongly imply you can choose to make something online only.
So how do I get that option back?

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Stannis33
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In what I can only describe as "typical fashion", the point at which I ran out of ideas and asked for help.....both aspects started working. Sigh.

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Stannis33
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In what I can only describe as "typical fashion", the point at which I ran out of ideas and asked for help.....both aspects started working. Sigh.

TriciaTea
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How was this solved, exactly? I also happen to have the same problem.

Stannis33
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I wish I could tell you, but I am honestly not sure.

 

I'd tried restarting dropbox more times than I can count and rebooting my laptop and nothing had worked so I made this post....and when I checked back a short while later the options were there.

 

My best guess is that there was a delay in the options "waking up" after one of these actions - but I have no actual evidence for that so that could be totally wrong

 

Sorry I can't be more helpful

TriciaTea
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No worries; I usually experience that as well. Thank you for responding!

Walter
Dropbox Staff

Hey @TriciaTea, sorry to jump in here, but if you're still having issues with this after rebooting your computer, could you share some additional information so that we can assist further? 


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TriciaTea
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Hello! Thank you for reaching out. I already submitted a ticket via Support. Just to summarize: I've already run the Task Manager and ended the task which is Dropbox's, then tried opening Dropbox but nothing's opening. Also tried running a new task for Dropbox to boot in the Task Manager, but the tasks disappear after a few seconds. So we're really unable to open Dropbox, and had to resort to using the website instead.

Walter
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Could you maybe share your ticket ID so that we can look it up in our system @TriciaTea?

 

While at it, could you clarify your computer's exact OS version and the version and status of the desktop app as shown in your system tray at the moment?


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TriciaTea
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Sorry for the late reply.
Ticket #22476637: TEAMS: We have trouble opening Dropbox

 

And already did what you advised; Dropbox isn't opening at all. I also checked the Task Manager to make sure; the moment it was there, a few seconds later, it'd disappear.

Edit: The OS build is 19045.3208

Walter
Dropbox Staff

Could you try updating your device's OS if that's not a problem @TriciaTea?

 

You can also try reinstalling the app using the latest version from this page directly. 

 

If you have any antivirus, firewall or VPN/proxy running on your computer, you can temporarily disable them as well. 


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