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Sidebar folder navigation menu for Dropbox Paper

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

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Super User
Super User

This is a great idea. In the meantime I am using paper docs in the finder, organising them there and so just not worrying about folders in the paper web view.

Have you tried that?

Explorer | Level 3

a) @Lukeyo, I'm not sure what you mean with "Paper docs in the Finder". Is it the macOS Finder you're talking about? In that case that's a feature from DB 2020, which for some reason isn't rolled out to us Business users. (Yeah, check what year it is now and also: We're a fairly large operation paying a fair amount for Business class but we have to wait for the new Dropbox???

b) If you organize your Papers in the Mac Finder, you're still organizing them in folders. The neat thing with a Confluence or Notion (et al) sidebar is that it's hierarchical but possible to fold/fold out. Much neater and faster than folders and you can have the structure/navigation/organizing visible in the same view as the actual document. 

It's been a while now and Dropbox has launched a lot of features since, even a whole new desktop app. Which of course could've had a new view/interface like a sidebar. They tout it as the new 'smart workspace' to work in, but as long as they stick to folders it's not new and not smart. It's no use having comments and chat and stuff if you're still using the folder metaphor from the 1980s for structure and navigation of your docs. 

 

Super User
Super User

a) Ah yes sorry, that is the mac finder, I should have written file system to be platform neutral.

I don't know how long it will take DB to roll it out to all users. I think it is a pretty fundamental change and I would hazard a guess that DB doesn't want to mess it up when they do launch to business users. I can imagine that with the complexity of teams, there is more scope for errors than with individual users like myself.

Anyway, like you say, business users are probably the most important users to DB ito revenue, I hope it comes to all soon.

b) good point. I also feel frustrated by the unidimensional navigation. I was just mentioning the file system as a work around. I find I can still sort of fold in and out with collapsing and uncollapsing folders. but would like it to work from the app/web.

 

Explorer | Level 3

b) The file system is a great workaround, but doesn't solve the problem fundamentally. Have a look at Notion, if you haven't already, for a really smooth way to solve workspace structure/navigation. 

a) It feels utterly strange that DB isn't prioritizing Business customers with the feature of Papers being visible in file system DB folders. Especially since it must have taken a lot of effort to get the 'Spaces' feature work in the new Dropbox app. But the idea of the 'smartest workspace' is far from true without sync between Paper and files. How can it be 'smart' to have different views, different worlds for Papers and other files? 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

*Drumroll*

 

Your idea has been delivered! 

 

You can find out more here.

 

Thanks for sharing your suggestion with us and we'd love to hear any more ideas you have!

 

Stay safe!

Status changed to: Delivered
Explorer | Level 3

Hi @Walter !

 

You got me very excited there, but I don't understand what you mean that has been delivered? The desktop app looks exactly the same as the web app, no left hand navigation panel. There is still no hierarchical order, like Notion or Confluence. 

It's still as difficult to navigate your folders to find your documents. Another implementation is of course Google Drive, where you can see two levels at the same time (left hand navigation and folders to the right if you're not in a document.) 

 

It's been a very long time now for a very simplistic feature and instead of the ability to navigate you prioritize a whole desktop app? 

 

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Helpful | Level 6

I'm with @magnusx on this one. I tried to find where this was delivered and I don't see anything remotely addressing the ideas in this thread...

 

@Walter  Are we missing something? Should I be looking in a different place?

 

I'm on the latest Mac OS if that matters 

Helpful | Level 6

I guess this is related to dropbox app that is in beta so not every one received an update.

@Walter link you posted is a bit too general and some how missleading.

We moved to Notion and so far I super exited and still learning this tool.

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Helpful | Level 6

@Walter   Can this be moved back out of "Delivered" and into Ideas? There is no sidebar with easy to navigate heirarchy. No "docs within docs" structure. Nothing resembling what Notion already solves for most of us.

 

I'm looking at both the Paper desktop app and the web version and I don't find where the ideas in this thread have been addressed.

Explorer | Level 3

+1 for this or even a sidebar that shows current folder docs. By the way, I don't even see the Paper desktop app option. I think I'm still running on the old Dropbox. https://help.dropbox.com/files-folders/paper/paper-2020-faqs