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Allow Vault files to be edited in place

Allow Vault files to be edited in place

cjvandijk
Helpful | Level 5

Placing a file in vault means you can no longer edit it in the way you are used to. See https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Dropbox-files-folders/Edit-files-in-vault-on-Windows/m-p/446135/high... for clarification. There are files that I would like to keep in vault but that I need edit access to on a daily basis. 

27 Comments
timmytim
New member | Level 2

The Vault feature is a great idea! I like being able to lock down sensitive information. But is there any way we could simply add files or folders to the Vault without having to change their directory? Without having to change the location of said files or folders?

 

Another possibility is to have the Vault option available on the menu, or context menu, of files / folders when you right-click on them, much in the same way that other features are available on these same menus (e.g. an "Add to Vault" menu option):

 

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Silviu C.
Helpful | Level 6

The new Vault feature for Dropbox is interesting, but there is currently no way to edit the files you have in the Vault on desktop computers. The Vault does not get synced to Desktop devices and can only be accessed through a web browser, and there is no option to edit files directly in the browser.

 

A Dropbox feature similar to the Android app that would allow us to edit text files directly in the Dropbox web app wold greatly improve the usability of the new Vault feature.

MrKJ
Collaborator | Level 8

I am the same way.  I had previously requested keeping a part of my Dropbox private from apps, but still have two Win 7 computers (just setting up the first Win 10 to gradually switch over) and two mobile Apple devices.  I was thinking about how to be able to turn it on or off when I still have to do work on the folders with the older compuater.  I was also thinking I would like to use Vault on a shared folder with someone else, but haven't been able to study it too closely yet.

Sk25
Explorer | Level 4

I agree that we need to be able to easily sync and edit Vault files. I have put a number of very important docs in my vault as I thought this was a great idea. But I do need to edit some of them, often daily. The files are there but on the Mac version of Dropbox they will not open in Word to allow me to edit. Please consider a way to edit and sync across all devices and all ways of accessing Dropbox. I love Dropbox and use it for everything across my laptop, iPhone and iPad but this Vault issue is not working well for me! It seems illogical to have a place to store files securely but no way to safely edit. Thank you.

Boz1
New member | Level 2

Seconded, thirded, whatever. The concept is excellent but the implementation is not ideal. It doesn't just need to be secure - it also needs to be a quality of life improvement to feel useful. The information I feel needs securing is still stuff I reference every day - and need to change - and need to add to. I can't speak for anyone else but not being able to edit this on the fly in the vault is not only not a quality of life improvement, it's an additional frustration that I don't need on top of mounting others in the world right now. Great idea, but not an enjoyable user experience - actually in any way - from taking it off the desktop and moving the explorer path to the main folder, to now not allowing it to be edited.

 

I'm all for getting ideas out fast, progressive thinking, rolling evolutions and all that action - but as well as flashing your customers on the amazing benefits - a little heads up on the obvious limitations would be nice too.

Lusil
Dropboxer
This idea is going to need a bit more support before we share your suggestion with our team. 
 
We’ve updated the status to encourage more users to back you up! 
Status changed to: Needs more votes
barryzipperman
New member | Level 2

Documents in the Vault (such as Word files) need to be able to be modified within the Vault. Without being able to do so the Vault has very limited use.  

2008GeezerGlide
New member | Level 2

Due to concern for the fairly easy access to my Dropbox (DB) folders and files on my laptop by other sporadic users (family & freinds), I am forced to utilize the VAULT area of my DB account for a number of folders and files that I must access (read, edit, add to, download, etc.) sometimes multiple times a day.  With regard to the use of this area, I feel that it is just not user freindly and I say this acknowledging there is a need for security boundaries. It is most difficult using two completely different windows (Online DB Vault & laptop Windows based) to move between folders and files. There is no ability to drag, drop, copy or paste between the two, which requires one to download or upload the file/folder to work on it or move it. Yes, you can get there with the various graphical commands in the DB webpage but very time consuming and not very intuitive from my perspective. And one of the most questionable areas for me is the fact that when you are in the online VAULT webpage, or even the regular DB Folders and files webpage, there is a whole lot of of unused real estate to the right of the folder/file listing and absolutely no way to widen the listing area so you can actually read the full name of the file or folder. There is a small menu of items there to the right, which should be moved up above the listing area and make for a much wider listing view. 

But my main complaint is the inability of this VAULT area to integrate with all of my other DB folders and files (local, online-only & both). The designers have put the VAULT icon at the end of my normal DB folder/file listing, but it is only a link to opening up the VAULT P.I.N. webpage. After clearing in with my P.I.N., this icon doesn't change to be access to the VAULT folders and files, which I would think would be the goal. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to move into this online DB VAULT webpage everytime I want to access a file or folder to add to or copy into an e-mail, for example. I am told Microsoft 365 also provides a VAULT area but it is seamless after a Two-part identity clearance. I would take the added time with Two-part identity check all day to this completely cumbersome DB VAULT system.  As to those that may feel that the VAULT should only be for very sensitive documents and files that are not accessed often, I would just say that given the easy access to my DB files and folders on my laptop, once one is able to either sign-in or bypass the sign-in, the VAULT almost seems like it should be the primary place for the data.  And I will add that last year, I had an issue with losing some files due to my lack of understanding of the DB process and when Customer Support became involved, there was a point where I was looking for one of my important parent folders and the DB IT person actually had access to a listing of my folder names. I was stunned when she presented a full folder name and asked if it was part of the parent folder. You can tell me that this is the limit of mining on their part but very hard to digest someone there can't take additional steps and access file and folder content. Maybe this is the same for the VAULT but I was told by support the other day no one there has access to VAULT data inclusive of file and folder names. i.e., this is my rationale for using that area for my family's personal identification, health and financial data. So hopefully, the IT development team can look at this and give some thought to providing VAULT access much like any other DB folder, even if it needs to have additional security clearances and possibly time-out features.

Thanks for any efforts. Unfortunalely, I will need to look to move over to the Microsoft platform if this is going to be the approach going forward. I really do not want to get tied into the Microsoft shackles creating migration of other products into my laptop, but looks like we all will need to rely on the cloud for storage and I just want to be able to work within it efficiently.

Dave213456
New member | Level 2

That would be wonderful! 

Sk25
Explorer | Level 4

So how do we get more votes going? How many do we need for Dropbox to make a chnage to the Vault. I have simply stopped using it as I cant edit my files but would be delighted to use it if you at Dropbox can fix it! Great concept, poor implementation, come on Dropbox you can improve this for us!

 

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