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How to share an individual file (vs a folder), and keep it autosynced

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Hi,

Sorry if my question was already answered, but before posting I did searchonline as well as on this board, and I did not find the answer.

I have a 3 Excel files located in a folder together with many other files. I do NOT want to share this folder and other files in it, but I do want to share just these 3 files with another user. We work on these files together and they will be updated by both of us, and so we do need a proper automatic syncing functionality.

I tried to share these files by right-clicking, providing this user's email, selecting Edit and clicking Share. But the user was only getting email allowing her to download the file and keep it locally. This seems to break the syncing. If she changes something, she would have to upload her local copy back to dropbox manually. Does not look like a proper syncing.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: How to share an individual file (vs a folder), and keep it autosynced

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Hey there @GritKit
 
It sounds like you may be sharing the files individually, in which case, you’re sharing them as shared files, which are not currently editable. 
 
If you want a user to be able to make changes on the files, you’ll have to place them in a folder and share it with their account, giving them edit rights.  
 
In this case, you can move the Excel files or copy-paste them into a new folder and share it with the other user, giving them edit rights to the folder
 
I hope this helps to some extent, but please let me know if you have any further questions. Cheers!

Lusil
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: How to share an individual file (vs a folder), and keep it autosynced

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Thank you, @Lusil.

Your answer confirmed my suspicion. I hoped to keep files where they are now, but moving them to shared folder would work too.

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Re: How to share an individual file (vs a folder), and keep it autosynced

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Glad I could help, @GritKit. If you have any other questions, just give me a nudge. grinning face
 
In the meantime, I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead! 

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