I would like to be able to choose in prefs that when I make a new folder in dropbox, I don't want it to sync automatically to my desktop! Now every time i make a new folder I need to go into my app, Prefs/sync/selective sync and unmark the folder I just created. Should be a global option.
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It would really be helpful.
If I do a live recording of an artist and upload it to a folder in purpose of cloud backup and sharing it to the artist I don't want that on my devices by default (specially not a second copy on my laptop that I recorded from). It will start to download imidiately and I need to go in on my devices and uncheck the sync on that new folder. You get the idea.
That is of course true. But still i think a global option would be a great addition.
Selective sync implies also in the meaning that you select it to sync.
Should be possible to turn of so new folders doesn't sync by default.
Hey there @Jeff M.51, I'd be more than happy to help, what's troubling you?
Don't hesitate to provide me with any info that illustrates the behavior you're experiencing and I'll make sure to get back to you as soon as possibe. Thanks!
Engineering Company with Clients (folders) / Location (folders) / Project (folders)
Users Only want to sync selected Projects - Okay that works fine.
Howerver, new Projects are Automatically added to All Users >>> When we start a new project we will add a folder under Clients/Location/(...Project...) Do not want this to automatically sync when selective sync is selected. Do not want to have to go and tell New Folders not to sync.
Thanks for the additional info, @Jeff M.51.
In general, when you selectively sync a location in your Dropbox folder on a computer, whatever you add to that path, whether you do it from the website or another device, the new item(s) won't sync to the computer.
For example, I have a folder called First, and in that folder I have folders A and B syncing to my computer. I then choose to selectively sync folder A.
If I add a file to folder A through the website, that file won't sync to my computer because the path is removed from the hard drive.
However, if I add folder C under my First folder, that folder will sync to my computer because there isn't a selective sync setting applied to it.
For this reason, each time a new folder is created, each user/member needs to manually remove it from the selective sync settings from the device they don't want it to sync to.
Finally, if you are part of a Business team, I'd recommend giving this article a read, which talks about team selective sync.
I hope this helps to some extent!
@Lusil If you have this hierarchy:
Projects --Project A --Project B --Project C
and you selectively sync projects A and B, but not C, that will work just fine. However, as soon as someone adds Project D, it will sync automatically, which is unexpected and very illogical behavior. If you use Team shares like we do with hundreds of projects, users would have to manage selective sync nearly every hour when all they actually want are a few projects at a time. Selective Sync should mean, you know, select what you want to sync. Not "select what you want to sync based on what's here right now, but you're also going to get everything new after this point no matter what."
OneDrive does this exactly the way it should be done. You either sync the whole folder or you pick the pieces you want and that's it. What you suggested is not a valid solution and certainly not a valid use case or explanation of proper behavior.
Team folders help with this due to having a default sync option, but letting a client choose what to sync is the clear answer.
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