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Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

JanL
Helpful | Level 6

Hi,
this is not really a new issue but I couldn't find a way to re-open the discussion here: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Syncing-and-uploads/Opening-Dropbox-Slower-than-opening-other-folder...

 

The problem is still persisting in 2017 and I don't think the workaround suggested by Rich in the other thread is an acceptable solution.

 

Is there any reasoning why a folder shortcut is automatically transformed into a link to the Dropbox app (specifically to: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dropbox\Client\Dropbox.exe" /home)?

 

I have been using a folder shortcut titled "Dbox" for years now, but I don't think that using or recommending such workaround is a good solution for a shortcut taking over 5 seconds to open a local folder.

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Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Rich
Super User II

Posting my response again here because it's still correct.

 

Don't use the default Dropbox icon. It points to the Dropbox executable which first looks to see if Dropbox is running (this is why it's slower). If DB isn't running, it's launched. If DB is running, it opens the folder. Instead, create your own shortcut to the DB folder and call it something OTHER than Dropbox (I use My Dropbox). If the shortcut is called Dropbox and you place it on your desktop, the installer will replace your shortcut on every upgrade.

 

Nothing has changed regarding this and likely never will. The Dropbox icon that the application creates is working as intended. It is not a direct shortcut to the folder. It is a shortcut to the Dropbox application.

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Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Rich
Super User II

Posting my response again here because it's still correct.

 

Don't use the default Dropbox icon. It points to the Dropbox executable which first looks to see if Dropbox is running (this is why it's slower). If DB isn't running, it's launched. If DB is running, it opens the folder. Instead, create your own shortcut to the DB folder and call it something OTHER than Dropbox (I use My Dropbox). If the shortcut is called Dropbox and you place it on your desktop, the installer will replace your shortcut on every upgrade.

 

Nothing has changed regarding this and likely never will. The Dropbox icon that the application creates is working as intended. It is not a direct shortcut to the folder. It is a shortcut to the Dropbox application.

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

JanL
Helpful | Level 6

I admit this is a pet peeve, and I understand that your response is still a valid workaround, however, is there nothing to be done about the app overwriting my own folder shortcut also called "Dropbox"?

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Rich
Super User II

JanL wrote:

is there nothing to be done about the app overwriting my own folder shortcut also called "Dropbox"?


Change the name to something other than Dropbox or mark it as read-only.

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

JanL
Helpful | Level 6
The read-only tip sounds like it might do the trick. Thanks for your time.

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Zed
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Click here to access the survey.

 

Thank you.




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Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

bluarca
New member | Level 2

Hi Rich and thanks for your solution.

 

But I, too, find it more a workaround than a permanent solution, I would like to have a Dropbox shortcut in my taskbar. I can create a shorcut to the Dropbox folder location that opens fast in the desktop and in the start menu, but not in the taskbar. The only way to have Dropbox in my taskbar is using the slow loading one, or at least I havent been able to find a way.

 

For comparison, I use both Dropbox and OneDrive and the shortcut to OneDrive in my taskbar opens almost inmeadtily while Dropbox takes about 3 seconds.

 

I think it is still a problem that detracts from the experience.

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

Rich
Super User II

bluarca wrote:

I think it is still a problem that detracts from the experience.


The Dropbox icon is working as intended and will likely never change.

 


The only way to have Dropbox in my taskbar is using the slow loading one, or at least I havent been able to find a way.

You can easily create a shortcut to any folder and pin it to your task bar.

Re: Dropbox desktop link/shortcut slow to open (Windows)

bluarca
New member | Level 2
Thanks for the tip.

I don't disagree, it seems to be working as intended, but maybe they should change the way it is intended to work. While your workarounds work perfectly they are still workarounds.
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