I've installed Dropbox under Windows 10 -- sort of. It doesn't show up in the bar at the bottom of the screen. If I click on Dropbox in the Start menu, it shows me a file list of my Dropbox files, but no triple bar or gear. I can't get the desktop to uninstall, either (I was hoping I could cure the problem by uninstalling and reinstalling). I've reinstalled it several times. How can I get the gear?
I still haven't fixed the problem, but I understand it a little better -- and I have a strong recommendation for Dropbox!
Thanks to your suggestion, I was able to bring up the Dropbox icon from the arrow and place it in the system tray. Clicking on it, I discovered that it was in the "Starting..." state. My Dropbox contains a lot of stuff that I don't want to download, and this huge unwanted download is clogging my machine. Trouble is, once it gets going I don't know how to stop it.
My suggestion is that when Dropbox is first installed, it should not do a sync or download anything. Instead it should offer a Selective Sync, with the default being the null download. It would then be possible for user to download only what they want.
Meanwhile, how do I stop this massive download?
Well, I managed to uninstall and unlink Dropbox (does the order matter?). I then deleted the Dropbox directory and all its children, and verified that they were gone using dir. I then reinstalled Dropbox and selected Online Only. But all my files are coming back anyway, which I neither wanted nor expected. What might have caused that? And how (this is probably the same question) can I prevent the reload when I reinstall Dropbox? I thought that Online Only would do that, but it appears that it did not.
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