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dropbox messed up my file system

dropbox messed up my file system

onyourmark2021
Explorer | Level 3

Hello. Anyone who can give me help to fix this will be greatly appreciated.

 

I installed dropbox. It seems to have taken over my file system.

When I go to save a file in Excel it wants to save it under a dropbox directory.

 

Worse, I program in a language called R. I use RStudio. I have many libraries (modules) installed but now when I try to run RStudio it says I have to reinstall all these libraries. I have no idea what is going on and why dropbox did this.

I tried to uninstall dropbox but I am still getting the same response from RStudio. It is a disaster. What is going on and how can I fix it.

Thank you!

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Re: dropbox messed up my file system

Walter
Dropboxer
Hi @onyourmark2021, welcome to our Community and thanks for using Dropbox!

It sounds like you enabled the computer backup feature upon installing the desktop app on your computer. 

If that's the case, you can disable it by using these steps.

Hope this helps!

Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: dropbox messed up my file system

onyourmark2021
Explorer | Level 3

Thanks. Why are all my files moved to

C:\Users\willi\Dropbox\PC\Documents

and 

C:\Users\willi\Dropbox\PC\Downloads

and

C:\Users\willi\Dropbox\PC\Desktop

 

and how do I fix this? Why in the world would Dropbox rearrange all my files?

Re: dropbox messed up my file system

Lori
Dropboxer
Hey @onyourmark2021, sorry to jump in here! 

As @Walter mentioned above, and with the info you've provided, it looks like our computer backup has been enabled. 

Do you have any issues when trying to disable it using the steps my colleague provided above?

Lori
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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