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Please stop putting links on my start menu

Please stop putting links on my start menu

Gwillewyn
Helpful | Level 6

Link to original question.

I like having a tidy start menu, and I have a perfectly fine link to Dropbox on the start menu itself, but I constantly find that the program has created a folder (%programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Dropbox) containing the exact same link, and a readme file as well.  I keep deleting the folder, and it keeps coming back.

This is apparently a feature, not a bug.  Please make it an optional "feature".

7 Comments
Daphne
Dropboxer

This idea is going to need a bit more support.

We've updated the status to encourage more users to back you up!

Status changed to: Needs more votes
radicaledward
New member | Level 2

Similar to this complaint: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Dropbox-installs-integrations/Stop-putting-links-om-ny-start-menu/m-...

 

It's 2021, there is no need to have the shortcut inside a folder on the start menu. Just have the link at the root of the start menu like everything else. I don't need a separate shortcut to your website in the start menu. I know how to get to dropbox...

Gwillewyn
Helpful | Level 6

I've made a workaround by using Windows Task Scheduler to run the command

cmd /c rmdir /S /Q "%programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Dropbox"

on startup.  It deletes the folder and content.

spoo0ky
New member | Level 2

I agree with OP, my start menu set up is based on my preferred preferences and every time Dropbox updates, I have to remove the folder again.

As a user, it makes me feel Dropbox doesn't care what my preferences are. Personally not a fan of authoritarian design.

 

Thank you Gwillewyn for the Task Scheduler solution. MVP!

Hannah
Dropboxer

Thank you for the idea. While we can’t take every idea forward we do regularly re-review and will update you if anything changes!

Status changed to: Not for right now
totiko
New member | Level 2

Just registered to dropbox forums to say this again.

 

Please remove this crap feature from dropbox. It is enough when Dropbox creates start menu folder and shortcuts once during the install process and never does this again (during updates). I have my own start menu structure, with dropbox shortcut inside no folder and this is making me upset everytime. Every few weeks the start menu folder and shortcut reappears and i have to delete them manually again.

 

I dont want to use or make any workaround as no other program on my system does this.

 

Thank you

totiko
New member | Level 2

Just registered to dropbox forums to say this again.

 

Please remove this crap feature from dropbox. It is enough when Dropbox creates start menu folder and shortcuts once during the install process and never does this again (during updates). I have my own start menu structure, with dropbox shortcut inside no folder and this is making me upset everytime. Every few weeks the start menu folder and shortcut reappears and i have to delete them manually again.

 

I dont want to use or make any workaround as no other program on my system does this.

 

Thank you

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