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Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Explorer | Level 4

The dropbox app used to show a list of recently modified files, but it no longer does. All I get under "Recent" is a long list of files that have been viewed, grouped by "Last 7 days," "Last 30 days," and "Older." A list of files I have viewed and when I viewed them has no practical use. I would like this list to include modified files as it did in the past, when I would get a list of files and a notation like "Edited 3 minutes ago."

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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Dropboxer
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Hey there @Robert778, thanks for checking in with us!

Just to make sure, are you not able to see a mention of files that you recently edited in your Recents tab?

If so, could you click on your Dropbox icon and send me a screenshot (without any personal info) of what you see?  

Keep me posted!


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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Explorer | Level 4

There are literally dozens of files that have been modified in the last couple of months, but all I can see in the desktop app are files that I have viewed.

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No modified files list, but when you look on the Dropbox Web site:

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Another folder:

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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Explorer | Level 4

Sometimes the latest edit is visible for a few minutes, but then it disappears. Sometimes I have the Dropbox "Recent" tab open and see the edited item disappear from the list while I'm looking at it.

For example, here's my Dropbox screen at 11:21 am when the file was just edited and uploaded by Dropbox, showing "Edited now":

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My Dropbox at 11:24 am still showing the edited file as "Edited 3 minutes ago":

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My Dropbox at 11:26 am and the edited file is gone like it never happened:

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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Explorer | Level 4

I see the same behavior on Windows 10 and Windows 7 machines.

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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Thanks for keeping me in the loop and for the screenshots, @Robert778!

To make sure that we cover most initial ground in terms of troubleshooting, could you give a simple reinstall a try? Maybe that will do the trick. 

To do this:

  1. Make sure you save and quit all programs that access files in the Dropbox folder.
  2. Quit the desktop app so that it's not running.
  3. Uninstall the desktop app.
  4. Reboot your computer once uninstall is complete.
  5. Download and install the latest version of the desktop app

Let me know of any updates!


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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Explorer | Level 4

I uninstalled Dropbox and reinstalled just now. This is my Dropbox currently:

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Notice that the file edited yesterday at 11:21 am is not listed. The other files that were "viewed" rather than edited are still listed with the appropriate times.

I should probably add a note that this is a regression that started with the client update where Dropbox changed the way changes to files are detected (the change that broke delta syncing for Truecrypt containers).

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Re: Recent activity only shows viewed files, not modified files

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Thanks for giving that a try for me, @Robert778

I've followed up with a ticket to the email address connected with your Community profile so that we can have a better look into this together. 

When you have the chance, check your inbox and we'll take it from there. Cheers!


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