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Can we have an option to lock files we're working on to avoid conflicted copies?

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

My business partner and I (often working from different locations) are constantly working on the same documents and trying to save our work at the same time. Result: lots of conflicted copies of files. I would love to have something in the Dropbox UI that allows us to see if another person is working on the file or has the file open. It would save us a lot of FLAME texting. We love each other but this is one thing that makes us want to kill each other.

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Super User II
Super User II

That is coming - Project Carousel.

But it looks likely to be Dropbox for Busineess only.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I have to share images and pdfs with reps for our company and they end up deleting the files in the shared folder.

Super User II
Super User II

You can set up preferences like that at www.dropbox.com/share by clicking on the 'Options' button for each share.

Or if they only need to view them why not use shared links? www.dropbox.com/help/167

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Thank you for your quick reply! That does work for a main shared folder but it won't give me the options for the folder i need. I have a folder called Photos with several other folders inside. I want to be able to "lock" these folders. I've already shared the link to these folders so I didn't want to resend a new link if I don't have to.

Super User II
Super User II

Ah, no, you cant lock parts of a folder I'm afraid. Its a one size fits all system

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Ok. Maybe that can be a suggestion for the Dropbox web builders. Thank you again, Mark!

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

You cant delete files from a LINK anyway

 

EDIT: You can now lock files to prevent a file from being edited, which you can find out more about from here.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

We need Dropbox to lock files once someone has them open, to prevent them being opened by another user, in order to prevent conflicted file errors.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

This would be a nice feature indeed

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

That would be cool!

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