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Where is the gear icon on my Dropbox desktop app?

Anyone know where to find the gear icon on Dropbox?

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Re: Gear icon

I have Windows 10 and finally, finally found the gear icon and preferences. I agree that finding this should have been easier -- it should appear when one clicks the DropBox icon on one's desktop. But it doesn't. I created a very quick and dirty set of 4 screenshots that shows, in a very simple way (which is how I can understand these things) how I got to it. It starts with (1) the "show hidden icons" button that looks like an up arrow, on the lower right-hand corner of my screen (the area known as the "systems tray" - then (2) I clicked the DropBox icon (has a little check-mark on it) - then (3), a little box opens (labeled, "up to date" and lists "recently changed") and, lo and behold, the blasted gear icon appears in the upper right corner of it, so (4) I clicked that and got a dropdown menu that included "preferences." My very amateur set of screenshots is here:


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Super User II

Re: Gear icon

It's part of the Dropbox client you install on your computer. Click the Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) and the gear will be in the upper-right corner of the window that opens.

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Re: Gear icon

Ok, sorry I feel daft but what is systems tray. I have tried getting dropbox from browser and from 'pictures' I still don't see any gear icon. Much appreciate your patience with me.

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Super User II

Re: Gear icon

The system tray is where your clock is on your computer.

It is usually bottom right on a Windows machine and top right on Mac's.

Ignore the website - its nothing to do with that


 


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Re: Gear icon

The gear icon WAS on my system tray -- now, no more. How can I get it back?

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Super User II

Re: Gear icon

Is Dropbox actually running then?

If not restart it. 


 


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Re: Gear icon

Hi, 

I saw the comment as to where is the gear for MAC, the problem is that I can't find the gear to look for preferences.  Where is it?  The only gear I see has nothing of Preferences in it.

It's on the top right corner of what? the finder? the computer?

thanks!!

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Super User II

Re: Gear icon

Its in the Dropbox menu. 

Click on the Dropbox icon then the gear icon. 


 


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Re: Gear icon

It's just that I can't find the gear.  The only little gear I see has nothing with preferences in it.

 

Is it in finder? is it in the computer itself?

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Super User II

Re: Gear icon

Its on the computer itself. On the Dropbox application. 

Click on the Dropbox icon on the status bar (i.e. near the clock, usually top right). It is there. 


 


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