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Smart sync icons missing

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The venerable "missing smart sync icons" problem.

  • MacOS Mojave 10.14.2 
  • Dropbox 64.4.141.  (Professional Acct)
  • Have reinstalled DB several times (including via full desktop download).
  • Tried the "check-uncheck finder integration"  (have uncheck, uninstalled, reinstalled, rechecked, too).
  • Have unlinked account and relinked account.
  • ForceQuit finder more times than I can remember.
  • Have ForceQuit the Dropbox Finder Integration app.. every time b/f restarting or trying fresh install.

Menu options for local vs OnlineOnly are active and work. Just can't tell looking at any file/folder in Finder whether it is local or online only.

What am I missing?

OneDrive does this, no problem.  Just about at my ropes end with DB.

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Re: Smart sync icons missing

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hi Greg, as you’re on a Mac, you can check if a third-party application is causing this issue with the following steps:
 
  1. Save any files and quit ALL programs.
  2. Completely quit and close any third-party cloud service applications such as Google Drive, OneDrive, or others.
  3. Quit Dropbox:
  4. Relaunch Finder using the following steps:
    1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen
    2. Click on "force quit"
    3. Select Finder then click "Relaunch"
  5. Restart the Dropbox application.
 
If the issue is resolved at this point, it may be due to the third-party applications running on the computer.
 
If the issue persists, or you see that a new application is causing issues please let me know.

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Jay:

Thank you for this suggestion.  The first thing I did was restart in safemode, launched DropBox and verified the missing icons would appear.  They did!!  I then went about testing each loaded application for potential conflict.  I did that by exiting each, then force-quitting/relaunching finder.  Turns out, it was a fellow cloud storage app from Sync.com.  I have notified them of the conflict and hereby am letting DB know as well.  don't know whose software is the culprit, only know that you two don't play nice together.

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Re: Smart sync icons missing

Level 2

In case anyone else finds this thread like me, the OneDrive Finder Extension will also mess things up. You can quit it from the Activity Monitor and then disable it in Settings>Extensions to make the Dropbox icons come back!

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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Dropboxer
Thanks for the input, this will definitely help future users if they come across this issue!

Jay
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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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This did not work for me. Any other solutions?

 

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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Hi @cfront , do you have any other cloud provider, or third party apps that might add icon overlays to your files?
 
Do you not see the icons when running the Mac in Safe Mode, with no other apps running in the background?

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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Turned out that I was running a beta version that was messing with my icons. They still don't copy but if I set them up locally Dropbox doesn't mess with them.
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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Dropboxer

Glad to hear that you were able to resolve the issue!


Jay
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Re: Smart sync icons missing

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Hi, Jay -- I followed these five steps, but to no avail; I still can't see the Smart Sync icon. I'm running macOS Mojave, 10.14.2.

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