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Stop auto-inheriting new folders when using selective sync

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Stop auto-inheriting new folders when using selective sync

I work at an organization that uses dropbox to manage client project documents. We have a shared folder at the root called 'Clients', and have hundreds of project folders within that directory (a folder for each client project) where we store projects documents. Our team uses the 'selective sync' feature in order to only sync the project folders that we are currently working on. However, every time a new project folder is added to the 'Clients' root, it is automatically added to my selective sync without ever specifying that I wanted to sync that folder or its contents. This causes a lot of frustration because team members are forced to waste bandwidth and computer storage saving files they never requested. Is there a way to turn off automatically inheriting new folders when using selective syncing?

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I have the same problem. Here is the reply I received from the Support Desk.

"Hi Ekapa,
Thanks for contacting Dropbox Support!
By default, all folders in Dropbox automatically sync to any computer that's linked to your Dropbox account. If you'd like to prevent a folder from syncing to your computer, you'll need to manually un-check the box next to the folder's name. I'm sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause.
We're always looking for your input when creating the next version of the Dropbox app, and I'll make sure your comments are passed along to our development team."

It seems it can't be done yet which is a real pity.

Regards
Colin

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Same issue here. Please make is possible to stop syncing new folders unless manually selected to be sync'd

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I asked this same question 9 months ago and got the answer "No" this is currently not possible. Dropbox I would suggest doing this sooner rather then later because there is a lot of companies out there that need this functionality. Once we find it in an alternate Cloud software package we will be switching because this is such a big deal for us.

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Amen. This is my biggest complaint and the number one reason our company is considering alternate solutions. As a video producer I'm syncing tons of large files... something my team should not be burdened with.

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FYI - I found an alternative solution last night that has the functionality that I believe you are looking for. Check it out @ www.egnyte.com/

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Same here, its a huge issue over cell data, I have to continuously unchecked folders so I can upload my few files. POS default setting should be changed.

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Having the same issue as well. Hey Dropbox Team, this is a HUGE issue as it is impossible to monitor the folders that get added by others and it's always filling up my local computer storage space. It's obvious that there are a lot of other users that experience this as well. Please make this a high priority so we don't have to switch to a different solution.

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Opposite problem but same frustration here - Enabled Selective Sync on laptop to save space, but then realized I wasn't getting new folders I created on my desktop, and I'm not willing to constantly manually click on all the new folders I want to sync on every device. PLEASE just let us globally specify some folders as "Sync Everywhere" and some as "This Device Only" or "Cloud Only". Or at least let us select whether or not new folders are automatically added to Selective Sync. (Or maybe there's just a "Selective Do-Not-Sync" list.)

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I also have this frustration (not with my personal account but with my company's account.) It has loaded my hard drive up with very large files and it is very inconvenient to monitor as new folders are created frequently and de-select. An opt-in v. opt-out to synching would be nice with new folders.

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PLEASE ADD THIS FUNCTIONALLITY