This is same issue as "Why were my online-only Smart Sync files downloaded?" in this forum. Brand new PC and Dropbox installation. Signed in, turned on Smart Sync, rebooted but files are still downloading. I don't want all the files on this PC; it should only download them when I want to open them.
I did not choose Online Only during installation/initial logon. How can I get rid of the local copies without affecting the online files. This is a company account. Is it possible their admin settings will affect this?
You can still use Smart sync to free up the space the local files take up on your hard drive.
To do so, right click on the files in the local Dropbox folder, choose 'Smart sync' then 'online-only'. This will stop them from taking up space, but you'll still be able to see their names in the Dropbox folder.