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Ability to Locate Shared Folder

New member | Level 2

I have a folder I would like to share but it gives me an error saying I can't share because there is a shared folder below. How do I find this folder to move it? There are hundreds of folders and no hint anywhere as to where it might be. I guess I could start trying to share sub branches but this is going to take forever especially if there are multiple ones. I went to the Sharing tab on Dropbox.com but none of my shared folders show there.

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Super User II
Super User II

I've split your post off into its own thread as it didn't relate to the topic you originally replied on.

 

There's no longer an easy way to locate shared folders. Dropbox, in their infinite wisdom and desire to continue removing features we rely on, have changed the Sharing page to only show shared folders that you can add to your account.

 

You'll need to browse your folder hierarchy and locate the shared folder yourself. The folder icon for a shared folder will have people on it. Also, if you're looking at your folders on the Dropbox website, the Members column will indicate folders that have other members in them.

lycra
Collaborator | Level 8

Thank you for the info! I just talked to the Chat support of Dropbox as well.

 

The removal of that specific feature,"overview of shared folders" is total bull**bleep** in my opinion.

How can some devs decide to do that?! 

What happened in their mind? Why does something think this is not crucial?!

lycra
Collaborator | Level 8

Hello everyone,

 

I would like to stress out that currently one is not able anymore to view the current shared folders.

Why has this feature been removed? It sucks big time! 

 

I really hope that Dropbox reconsiders and readds that feature again!

 

Super User II
Super User II
There's no need for a separate thread on this. I've merged your post into the original thread.
lycra
Collaborator | Level 8

Thanks,

 

I hoped it helps to put this back on the feature list winking face

larsdennert
Explorer | Level 4
Looking at an unshared folder either on the web or PC doesn't give any indication that there aren't any shared folders below. The only way I can see at this point to find them is to go down the branch and try to share each subdirectory until you get an error. Then drill down further through hundreds of folders until you find the shared one.

Dropbox should be simple. I shouldn't have to deal with it. It should just work and do it's job. The decisions DB has made lately is alienating it's customers.
Super User II
Super User II

@larsdennert wrote:
Dropbox should be simple. I shouldn't have to deal with it. It should just work and do it's job. The decisions DB has made lately is alienating it's customers.

Sadly @larsdennert lots of us agree with you. 

 

Dropbox seem to be removing lots of the helpful intuitive features it originally had :( 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
 
Thank you for the feedback on locating shared folders deep within your folder stucture. This issue with locating sub-folders has been brought up with our enginnering team and they are evaluating how best to resolve this issue.
 
When we redesigned dropbox.com/share, our goal was to declutter this page, and to focus your attention on content you can add to your Dropbox. We didn’t make any changes to the actions that you can take with shared folders.
 
We removed Folders in your Dropbox’, because those folders can be found other places within the structure of your Dropbox account. To see the folders that appeared in the Folders in your Dropbox’ section, you can filter the Files page on dropbox.com by type. To do this:
 
 1. Go to dropbox.com
 2. Click Files in the left side bar
 3. Click the Modified” filter at the top of the page. Modified” is the default selection for this filter.
 4. Select Type” to see all the shared folders in your Dropbox account grouped together
 
 You can read more about filtering your files here:
 
 
Best,
River
lycra
Collaborator | Level 8

Hi,

this does not help at all.

I would need to see ALL shared folders in one place.

With this so called "solution/option" I cannot work.

 

I only see the shared folders which are in the files tab. But no shared folders which are in sub folders etc.

 

larsdennert
Explorer | Level 4
I agree and it is a redundant function as you can already see if the list has any shared folder due to the People icon in the folder avatar. The problem lies in the hidden ones many folders down that you don't even know you've shared with someone. Besides wanting to make new shares, there's no way to see folders you have shared but forgotten about among TB's of data. People could be sharing data they don't intend to anymore and no way to audit that. At least they haven't yet taken away the screen that shows what links we've shared.