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Sidebar folder navigation menu for Dropbox Paper

Sidebar folder navigation menu for Dropbox Paper

Nikolay N.
Helpful | Level 6

Hi, I would really appreciate it if you guys make a sidebar navigation menu that users can show or hide with a click of a single button. I have a lot of notes and often need to be able to quickly switch between them with a single button click rather than going one level up to the page with all my folders, waiting for the page to load, then open the folder, then open the note I am looking for.  

Hope there are enough people who would also benefit from such a feature. Thanks

Helpful | Level 6

Hello there,

Have you guys taken a look on Notion ? It looks like Dropbox Paper a lot, but has some interesting features.

I think the way the came up with to organize multiple pages is awesome!

Currently I´m struggling against a growing number of Dropbox papers to deal with. I spent a lot of time trying to organize them into folders and making links from one page to another (to be honest, I think that making conventional folders to organize Dropbox Papers just replicates a physical tool that no longer responds to our needs in virtual world).

Instead, Notion allows to setup a hierarchy of pages (and toggles within pages) based on a permanent sidebar, so changing from one page to another is fast and simple.

What about doing something like this in Dropbox Paper?

Helpful | Level 6

Dropbox Paper shows us a glimpse of the future. However, if it wants to become a real killer, it should allow more flexibility for outlining information (it does exist within documents, but not among them!).

What about becoming more wiki-style, like some past programs (SeoNote, Treepad) or present services such as Confluence and Why not allowing people to organize hierarchical structures according to their needs, instead of storing "papers" in "folders"? (come on, it's 2017!).

Please take a look at and all will make sense.

I think this is the future of information management. I really want Dropbox to embrace it.

New member | Level 2

Can't agree more! I've used for a while, due to the way it shows the information as a hierarchy on the left side and the fact that this way it's super easy to navigate, rearrange and discover documents. Unfortunately it's editor has a lot of 'gotchas' whereas paper's editor is smooth as silk and really easy to get started with, but paper lacks an efficient way to navigate and rearrange documents (besides the search which is good). If you combine the document hierarchy view of notion with the smooth editor of paper, that would be the killer of Confluence, Evernote and Google Docs all at the same time.

Helpful | Level 6

Tottaly agree. BTW, Notion's editor got pretty much better recently.

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+1 for " I´m struggling against a growing number of Dropbox papers to deal with"


Notion looks great, haven't used it though. 

Helpful | Level 6

anyone know if notion has find-replace all 'files/notes'?

and the other things needed?

havent used notion yet cos the site is pretty bad and a mess

added to needed --

 current status: i haven't used dropbox paper for a long time


* the devs working on paper seems be understaffed

* they dont any helpful or useful features

goal: doing a yearly checkup to see if anything is going to be added soon

backup copy in case dropbox starts deleting posts --

Helpful | Level 6

I could not agree more with this thread. Also submitted a 'question', slash 'feature request' before X-Mas and got a positive feedback along with the answer that Dropbox already was looking into it. 

Now almost half a year has past and more complex things are launched (like some of the integrations with other services) but this very basic functionality is still not here yet. Paper will not take off until this is sorted. 

To paraphrase the above, not only is it 2018 and people expect more in terms of organizing than 'files' in 'folders', but we have also since long thrown this desktop metaphor away on mobile devices. 

Also, I've conducted my own very revealing user tests as I share folders and documents with clients to collaborate on projects. And they are flaggergasted, to a soul. 

And we also just plainly need to be able to organize the documents as our Paper collection grows! 

Helpful | Level 6

I came here to propose some thing like that, and guys above mentioned all our pains and needs. Would love to see paper docs organized in tree structure. Otherwise its painful to work with 20 + docs and nested folders.


Please make a pri higher and give us a time line. Thanks

New member | Level 2

My team tried paper as our wiki but without the hierarchy we gave up. We're using Slab now which is working pretty well. Looks a lot like paper but with an actual wiki hierarchy organization instead of folders.


Hey there  @Nikolay N. - how are you today?

Thanks again for using and helping us improve Paper!

I've put your request for a sidebar folder navigation menu on our list since I like to track all feedback requests to inform the ongoing development of Paper - great idea!

If you have any more feedback or suggestion, do let me know. 



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