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

Helpful | Level 5

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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New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I love Dropbox's simple integration across platforms, but not being able to share links with the sidebar closed is a deal-breaker. I am building a new website and will simply use Google Drive if there is no way around this issue.

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Dropboxer

Your idea will need a little more support before we share it with the team.

We've updated the status to encourage others to share their support too!

Thanks for sharing!

Status changed to: Needs more votes
Helpful | Level 5
If the design team was smart, and they should be (just noticed 3 from the same snobby world-class design school I went to work there), they should find this on their own and realize how obvious it is. But, if I had to guess product managers hold power over designers - i.e. business case first, not customer needs. But, hey... that how it seems to be at most places.
Explorer | Level 4

I use Dropbox heavily to share files and images with friends and family and the odd professional client.  The sidebar interferes with the basic function of displaying a photo or pdf in a browser in a minimalistic way.

 

I can't see any use case for this, but I guess it might be needed for Teams collaborating,  NOT for individual users "sharing" a file. 

The obvious way to solve this would be to allow creation of two types of links. 

1) Share to view (download)

2) Share for discussion (collaboration)

Helpful | Level 6

Agree with this, especially for sharing photos/videos! Voted.

 

I also posted a separate suggestion for the Sign-Up screen if anyone feels inclined to vote on getting that removed when sharing links! 

 

Vote here:

https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Dropbox-ideas/Remove-Sign-Up-Pop-up-when-Sharing-Link/idi-p/424202