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Why can't I delete photos from the viewing window?

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Why can't I delete photos from the viewing window?

I seem to be able to only delete photos from the file list now, but I like to edit my photos from the viewing pane and delete them as I go.

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Level 2

 How is this not fixed 2 years on???  Considering it also was a feature and a useful one that was removed.  Seriously.....

Level 2
please allow delete from the slideshow/viewing window
Level 2

Im really thinking of moving completely off Dropbox because of this.  It is inconceivable that anyone could be expected to manage images without ability to delete from the Photos view.  Its December 2017, so I see there are comments out there for some timenow.  Is there a fix on the way or should I spend the holiday migrating outta DropBox ?

 

Dropbox ...do you care?

Level 2

I agree, I've come to hate the desktop web experience.  If it's not fixed soon I'll move to OneDrive.

Level 6

@Henning This totally sucks.  This is the same issue we are having trying to get DB to remove and delete recents list.  This only reason they are doing this is to share our data with someone else. I am going to see if their privacy agreement has changed.  If it has (July 2017) They need to remove everything prior to July 2017 or we need to get a classaction against them.  I am so frustrated with preditor websites trying to fool us into giving them our private information. Outrageous. 

Super User II

You can delete things at well, just not from one page on the website @AkPaparazzi. Simply right click on the file, select 'Go to folder' and then delete it from there. 

 

You also do not have to use the Photos View if you dont like it (I dont as I hate it). 

 

Dropbox isnt selling your info to anybody, its just they've pulled out of the photo market completely. 

Level 6

Mark Thanks for the quick response. In all the many years I have used dropbox (not the user data DB indicates) I have never gone through the many settings and other data that is being shared and used as outlined in privacy policy recently updated in April 2017.  It's sad that I have to go worry about what I have been automatically enrolled in because dropbox thinks I should share everything with everyone. Sorry I am not conviced that you are correct. I believe you are a repitable advisor and know you business but I dissagree with you based on what I can see and read in the privacy policy.  For me, it is outragious that DB forces my settings for their benifit and not mine. I am in the process of deleting everything (twice) and I want to make sure DB is not sharing my information with anyone when I'm gone. Moving back to private data base brick and morter. I can no longer trust DB to keep my privacy.

Level 6

@Mark

 

Managing photos from the file itself is operating blindly.  How am I supposed to know what 1dlagy2ss.jpg  is a picture of without having a photos view.  The sad part is that Dropbox used to allow deleting photos in their previous photos view.  They just did not have enough use cases when they redesigned their website.  Oddly enough, the photos view on IOS is robust and allows deleting photos.

 

I would gladly use 3rd party software to manage photos directly in dropbox, but I am not aware of any.

 

Bob

Level 6

Here are a few of the frustations:

I appreciate theat DB retains my information should I have made a mistake and deleted a wrong file.  However, I consider it a violation of my privacy when I request something that has been deleted to then be shared with people and retained by DB should I wish to add it again later.  "Permenantly Delete" after I push that button I want DB to get out and leave me alone. And your convenient "Hide Deleted Items" is just trickery and you should be ashamed. Why must I be forced to allow you to continue to share my information. And refuse to delete other documents for 30 days. Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 4.39.52 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-12-31 at 4.42.09 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-12-31 at 4.42.38 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-12-31 at 4.43.46 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-12-31 at 4.43.51 PM.png

Level 2

I found a workaround that saves some time at least. You can star (click the star in the upper left corner) the photos you want to delete as you look through them in viewer mode. Then go back to the folder list and check mark all of the starred items. Mass delete. But I agree. Not providing per-photo deletion and sorting is an egregious oversight on the web platform. UPDATE: Turns out, it's not that simple. Once you start check marking the photos, the stars disappear. So you still have to delete them one by one. Seriously Dropbox?