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Unable to share folder since it contains a shared folder

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Hello, I have created a folder with documents and folders that are labelled as: "Only You" for members.  It will not allow me to share this folder though because it says "This folder can only be shared as a link because it contains a shared folder".  I don't see any files inside this folder that are shared though.  I moved a lot of information into this folder and unshared some people from documents to make all ONLY YOU.  Does this take awhile to update before I can share with others?  Not sure why its showing as I only have access but not allowing sharing...  Please let me know how to resolve. Thank you!

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Re: Sharing Folder

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Hi both @esar2 and @CyG, I am afraid that the folder you are trying to share contains at least one folder or subfolder which is already shared. Can you plese check that all folders and sub-folders do not have the shared folder icon (folder with people icon) as @Jay mentioned? If there are too many folders, and it is difficult for your to check all folders and subfolders throughly, here I have a workaround. 

 

You create a new folder inside your Dropbox folder. Then copy (not drag-and-drop or move) all the contents of the folder you want to share to inside this new folder. Now you can share this new folder, this should not have any issue. You can do this in a Desktop (with Dropbox app running) or from the Dropbox Web. However, note that you will need enough free space to have the duplicate of your share folder momentarily. Later you can delete the old folder. 

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Re: Sharing Folder

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hey there, even though you remove users from a shared folder, it is still considered shared in our system.
 
Could you check if any of the folders have the two person icon:
 
Folder - Shared.png 
 
 
Let us know how it goes!

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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Re: Sharing Folder

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I have the same issue as esar2. I think it must be a DropBox glitch.

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Re: Sharing Folder

Super User
Super User

Hi both @esar2 and @CyG, I am afraid that the folder you are trying to share contains at least one folder or subfolder which is already shared. Can you plese check that all folders and sub-folders do not have the shared folder icon (folder with people icon) as @Jay mentioned? If there are too many folders, and it is difficult for your to check all folders and subfolders throughly, here I have a workaround. 

 

You create a new folder inside your Dropbox folder. Then copy (not drag-and-drop or move) all the contents of the folder you want to share to inside this new folder. Now you can share this new folder, this should not have any issue. You can do this in a Desktop (with Dropbox app running) or from the Dropbox Web. However, note that you will need enough free space to have the duplicate of your share folder momentarily. Later you can delete the old folder. 

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Re: Unable to share folder since it contains a shared folder

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I have the same issue.  Pulled all files out of dropbox, copied them back in.  Didn't resolve the problem.  Members showed I was the only one.  Changed the "Type" column from Members to Folders.  Was able to see them named Folders or Shared.  For Shared folders I clicked Share and the Folder Settings (gear image on lower left) and Unshare.  If you are still unable to share the folder you have to click the subfolders to unshare any shared.  I found the best way to check is main subfolders had shared folders was to try to share it.  If is allowed me then it was unshared.  If not, I had to check if it's subfolders needed to be unshared.  

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sharing a folder problem

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I have a folder that I want to share, within the folder is a lot of sub folders inside subfolders. Somewhere in the 100's  of folders within the main folder, there must have a shared folder because I am getting this message when I try and share it: 

"This folder can only be shared as a link because it contains a shared folder."

How can I find this needle in the haystack and unshare it or delete this folder so I can share everything?

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Re: sharing a folder problem

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there (@trentlee), I’ve moved your post under the relevant discussion, so as to have a look at elixir & Jay’s suggestions above. Please check their pointers whenever you have some spare time & do let us know how these hints work for you whenever you get a chance. Thanks! 

 


Jane
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Sharing Folder

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There's no reason why Dropbox requires such an absurd workaround as the accepted solution (to create another directory and move things into it).  They could easily tell us the path of the shared subfolder.  Perhaps they are making work for us so that we upgrade to a more expensive service??

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