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Removing a person from all shared folders and files

New member | Level 2

I share my various folders and files with different people. I want to remove one person ("X") from all the folders and files that are shared with X.

 

Is there any menu I can go to to simply "Unshare all folders and files with X"? Or is my only option to go through every folder and file to check who it's shared with and remove X if it's shared with X?

 

Thanks!

33 Comments
JohnnyNYC
Explorer | Level 3

Hey Dropbox Team,

This request has been out there for what looks to me like more than a year -- with no progress made.

It seems like you’re dragging your feet so that this will eventually be added to the Business account package, and then you will try to make everybody who wants it upgrade their accounts.

There’s been a couple of people already say that they are their ditching Dropbox altogether as a result – I’m pretty close to that as well.   This is my personal account, and I’ve used it actively to orchestrate a family reunion, plan a wedding, and even manage a bunch of playoff brackets with other weekend warriors I play with.  And I’ve read all of the comments – so I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

So don’t you think it might be prudent to reconsider making the change -- sooner rather than later – to the basic account?  Because not only will I go elsewhere, but the small businesses I consult with are going to hear about how non-responsive you are on a daily basis.

Or are you determined to behave more and more like Microsoft every day?

Scuba New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Dear Dropbox, 

There is a well-established need to be able to:

1. Identify every file that a particular person has access to

2. Have the option to remove a particular person from all files they have been given access to at one time

Why isn't Dropbox accommodating this request? Is there a problem? 

Thanks

Brick
Explorer | Level 3

I literally joined this forum JUST to comment on this thread... I had a colleage leave my company who has access to over 30 folders and now I need to go folder by folder and search for his name. Please add this simple feature to DropBox!

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hi again to all, that’s some great feedback indeed & commenting under the features that would steamline your workflow definitely surfaces some trends. I’m just pinging you back on my end, as it would definitely be helpful to give this idea a small push by upvoting 🗳️ this implementation. 
 
Thanks again to everyone for sharing your thoughts with us on the Community! 
Brick
Explorer | Level 3

What is upvoting an implementation?

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Oh, I mean that you can hit the 👍 (thumbs up) button through the OP’s reply, as these votes are also taken into consideration @Brick. Please let me know if you have more questions! 

Andrew L.47 New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

We have many directories we share with clients that our outside our team.  When an employee leaves a client's employment we wish to remove their access to the Dropbox directories.  Is there a simple way to remove a person from all that has been shared with them?

Thank you in advance,
Andrew

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hey @Andrew L.47, I’ve moved your inquiry under the relevant thread, as you could pinch that “Upvote” (👍) button on top & give your idea a small push. Thanks for taking the time to drop us a line here on this functionality & please feel free to ping me back on this thread should you have any additional questions or thoughts!
Andrew L.47 New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

@Jane

Thank you.  But apparently Dropbox isn't doing anything towards implementing this popular feature.  I guess I'll just go through our dozens of directories one-by-one, search for and delete the user.

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Thanks for pinging me back @Andrew L.47! Kindly note that we’re submitting all requests for review to the relevant teams, however my advice pertains mostly to giving your comment a bit more visibility, as upvoted Ideas on the Community are reaching the right pair of eyes. While I can’t really comment on our team’s roadmap for future iterations on the Dropbox website, I’m here to ensure that your thoughts are passed up the ladder & especially the most popular ones are given a bit of precedence. 
 
Removing a user from all shares at once isn’t an available feature at the moment, though I understand that you’d like to automate your workflow in this manner & I appreciate the time you’ve devoted in writing us about it here!