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Check out what's new | March 2020


Check out what's new | March 2020

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Check out all the latest feature releases to Dropbox this month::
Dark mode of Paper

Dark mode for PaperDark mode for Paper


Dark mode for Paper has been one of our top user requests in recent months, since both Windows and Mac users can now enable dark mode on their operating systems. We’re happy to announce that dark mode for Paper is now available to all!  
Having a dark theme makes Paper more accessible to people with low vision or a sensitivity to brightness. Plus, sometimes we do our best work in the wee hours of the night, and that’s when dark mode really shines.
The two ways to enable or disable Dark Mode are:
  • Automatic: If you enable dark mode on their computer (Mac or Windows), Paper will automatically switch to dark mode. Same goes for light mode.
  • Manual: You can manually switch to dark mode by opening the "?" menu when you have a Paper doc open and selecting “Use dark mode”


Got another idea for a feature in Paper? We want to hear it! Share your ideas with us here today.
Dynamically route to active Office Online and G Suite editor sessions
Dynamic routingDynamic routing


Some file types in your Dropbox account can be opened using multiple different editors. For example, users can open Microsoft Office files in the following editors:

  • Dropbox Preview (aka File Viewer)
  • Microsoft Office Online
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
This sometimes makes it difficult to find and participate in a real-time collaboration session that is actively going on. To resolve this we are introducing "Dynamic routing”, to help route you to the editor where the file is actively being worked on. 
When a Microsoft Office or G Suite file is locked by a particular editor, we will now show you which editor the file is locked by, and prompt you to open the file in that editor. 
Smart Sync update for Mac
Smart Sync update for MacSmart Sync update for Mac


On Mac, users with the Smart Sync feature can now control how the Desktop app sets the logical size of online-only files. By default the Desktop app will set the logical file size of an online-only file to whatever the size of the file is, and the physical size will be set as zero bytes as it takes up no space on the hard drive.
This can cause an issue for Smart Sync users using Apple FileSystem (APFS), as the system storage management interface incorrectly indicates that online-only files are taking up local hard drive space, and sometimes incorrectly causing an “Out of disk space” notification bubble.
Turning on the Smart Sync update for Mac setting will ensure that online-only files have both logical and physical size set to zero, and therefore solving the above problem. 
To set this you need to:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click your profile picture (or grey circle) in the upper right corner.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Toggle Smart Sync update for Mac on.
The setting takes a little time to update in the backend so please wait about 5 minutes and then restart your Dropbox app as follows:
  1. Click the Dropbox menu in the system tray or menu bar of your computer.
  2. Click your profile picture or initials.
  3. Click Quit Dropbox.
  4. Start Dropbox app from the Applications folder or using Spotlight: Press Command + Space bar keys, then type "dropbox" in the Spotlight search and hit return.
Have you tried any of the new features yet? Why not tell us how you’re using them or share your ideas for features you’d love to see from Dropbox here!

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