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How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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The new desktop version of Dropbox is dreadful, I used to really love using Dropbox desktop as it just looked like any other filing system on the computer, now I have side bars that are useless and find it really difficult to locate and drag/save/edit various files easily like I used to be able to.

Is there any way to change back to the normal file design on desktop dropbox? In the corner of the screen when I open dropbox it says "Dropbox desktop beta". I want to go back to normal dropbox, its driving me insane. Can anyone help?

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

Super User

Hi @Katejw ,

From my understanding, the new Dropbox desktop app is just an add-on of the original file system level integration that should still exist on your computer. So in short, you may simply close the Dropbox desktop app window and continue to use either "Windows Explorer" or "Mac Finder" with Dropbox integrated just like the old days.

Hope it helps.

Cheers
Vicker

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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Many thanks for letting us know we could use Dropbox the old way. While I appreciate app updates, the new look is difficult to use and I was about to move all my files to another cloud service. All the best - JJ

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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its so awful the new dropbox i agree!  thank god you can still view the old way, it was far cleaner and user friendly - LESS CLICKS to get to the file! 

WHY on earth did they make it less friendly to use. i understand trying to improve and enhance, but this is the most inefficient improvement ive seen on any system - its got worse. 


@JJ251 wrote:

Many thanks for letting us know we could use Dropbox the old way. While I appreciate app updates, the new look is difficult to use and I was about to move all my files to another cloud service. All the best - JJ


 

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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I dislike the upgrade and view changed today 10/9/19, how can I go back to the old view? The side bars are horrible! Thanks!

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

Dropboxer

Hey there @RForzanti,

You can change how to view your files by changing the desktop app's default to open in the File explorer or Finder window like  @Vicker described in the accepted solution.

The exact steps to do this are:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar
  2. Click your profile pic/initials in the upper right corner.
  3. Click "Preferences...".
  4. Click the dropdown next to "Open folders in:" and choose "Finder/File Explorer".

I hope this helps - thanks!




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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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Great, that worked. I made an alias of the dropbox and placed it on my desktop. That way it's just like the old version. Thanks!

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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

Dropboxer

I'm glad to hear that @RForzanti!

If you have any other questions about this then don't hesitate to give us a nudge here. grinning face with smiling eyes

Have a great day - thanks!




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Re: How to change back to the old Dropbox Desktop design

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The new Dropbox is awful.  I've used the old version for years without any problem at all, now everything is a long, drawn-out process and I still don't get what I wanted.  I tried to open a new file and drag and drop photos into it.  The photos disappeared from my desktop and there is nothing in the new folder.  After a lot of time-wasting I found the photos (not attached to any file, just in a list of hundreds of other photos) and installed them back on my desktop but I'm looking for another cloud service for all of my Dropbox files.  Also got a notice of a huge price increase coming in the spring.  They'll have to live without my little donation I'm afraid.  WJ

 

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