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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Has anyone from dropbox ever replied on this? 

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Hi Charles,

Thank you for reporting this issue. At the moment our team is investigating and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Vicky

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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I've seen this before, and have done it myself a few times.

 

Dropbox has the ability to save URLs that you drag into its window. That's all that's happening here. You're intending to click on something, whether to view or select, while you're still moving your mouse. Your browser sees this as a click and drag, and Dropbox treats that as though you're dragging something into its window. Basically, you're dragging a link into the Dropbox window and Dropbox is saving it. In this case it just happens to be a link to a Dropbox file or folder.

 

If you edit that URL file in a text editor you'll see the link that you dragged.

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Hi Vicky - 

 

Same weird file in my folders. What is it ?

 

Thank you !

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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...taps the microphone...

Is this thing on?

Edit the file in a text editor and look at the content.
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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Hey guys, 
 
As my colleague mentioned earlier, we are currently investigating the exact cause of this file. However, I can confirm that the file can be safely deleted, with no effect on your files or your account! 
 
Thanks

Sanchez
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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Or @Sanchez you could read what @Rich said a fortnight ago (with no further posts since so not sure why the thread was bumped?) and look at the file which shows its a URL accidentally dragged in.


 


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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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Once again...


Rich wrote:

I've seen this before, and have done it myself a few times.

 

Dropbox has the ability to save URLs that you drag into its window. That's all that's happening here. You're intending to click on something, whether to view or select, while you're still moving your mouse. Your browser sees this as a click and drag, and Dropbox treats that as though you're dragging something into its window. Basically, you're dragging a link into the Dropbox window and Dropbox is saving it. In this case it just happens to be a link to a Dropbox file or folder.

 

If you edit that URL file in a text editor you'll see the link that you dragged.


 

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

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I am getting this same thing. What is this? I just deleted it. I am hoping it wont affect my files.

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Re: what is cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi all, apologies for the confusion here — I can help provide some information.

 

Background:  Dropbox allows you to save website URLs to Dropbox as individual files. For example, if you were to navigate to www.dropbox.com, then drag and drop the URL from the URL bar of your web browser into Dropbox, it would result in a file being created called "www.dropbox.com.url". If you were to click on that file, it will open a new browser window or tab and take you to that page.

 

Now, about the "cfl.dropboxstatic.com.url" files: we had a temporary issue with our new redesigned website where, in some cases, dragging and dropping a file in your Dropbox on the website (for example, to drag it into another folder, or by accident) would mistakenly add it to your Dropbox as a URL file.

 

We've since fixed this issue, so you shouldn't see it happen again; however, if you have any of these cfl files in your account, you can simply delete them – they're harmless!

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