So far so good. Now I have pushed all my files to Dropbox for now. Smart sync is on globally. I see little icons.
But the question is, what do I now?
What is the point of selective sync if you are using smart sync?
How do I work on files when they are all in the Dropbox cloud? I mainly use my laptop to work on image files, store them etc. There might be several versions of a file. Right now, for example, I need to download files from a photoshoot. Can I download directly to Dropbox?
I really appreciate your help and need to learn to be competent with the Dropbox workflow.
Removing the folders with selective sync was just a step to help us free up some space immediately on your Mac. Now, we can make sure the files sync correctly as "online only" to keep the space used minimal.
Can you open your desktop app preferences, and from the Sync tab, make sure that new files are set to sync as "online only"? This will apply for files downloading from your account online.
Then, you can re-check any folders in the selective sync settings that you need to access locally on your computer. I'd suggest doing just one or two folders at a time, and checking the hard drive storage isn't being filled.
The only thing to keep in mind then, is that when you open one of these files to work on it locally, or create new files in the Dropbox folder on your computer, these will be synced locally with a green tick icon, and these files will take space on the hard drive.
When you've finished working with these files, or you no longer want to store them locally on the computer, you can right click them and choose "Smart Sync - online only".