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Allow a way to hide the sidebar when sharing a link to a file

Allow a way to hide the sidebar when sharing a link to a file

Paul S
Helpful | Level 6

Currently, the sidebar is open by default, even when comments are disabled. In my example, I'm sharing a 16:9 ratio PDF of a slide set, and it makes it too small. 

There is a thread allready miss-marked as solved here that covers the need:
https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Files-folders/Shared-file-URL-how-to-hide-sidebar-by-default/td-p/37...

But, in further summary, here are some ideas contained there. 

As per the OP: "https://www.dropbox.com/s/abcd/file.png#sidebar=closed" would be nice, at least for us "advanced" users using links share via a website. 

As another poster: The "signup for dropbox" is horribly intrusive. There's got to be a better way... say, a smaller window in the lower left corner that can be closed. 

And, additional ideas from me:

A) If comments are already defaulted to off, then the sidebar should simply already be closed. I'd say that's by far the most logical and easy UX solution.

B ) The sidebar itself might actually just be plain unneeded. Unless there are already comments, it's a huge waste of space. It's likely that it should be a fixed toolbar at the top of the page. I mean, it's a whopping 5 buttons when closed. Why not just include those in the top toolbar that already exists, then if the comments button is enabled, allow the viewer to open up comments.

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Lee F
Explorer | Level 4

Paul: agreed. Dropbox has shown their willingness to embrace dark UX patterns with this sidebar, and hiding the download, and the weird unnecessary "View file" popup, so going further to hiding upvotes here (the community saying "stop the dark patterns") is totally imaginable. 

 

Fwiw, I just re-upvoted this topic. The counter stayed at "0 votes received". 

 

If we're already paying for a platform, we shouldn't also be forced to shill for them when using it. I don't like being forced to sound like a troll. C'mon Dropbox, do the right thing.

Emma
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Hi! I wanted to assure you that your votes are registering for this idea. We had a bug on how votes were being displayed which has been resolved now. 

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