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Selecting all starred photos

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Selecting all starred photos

I need to select all of the photo's that we recently starred.  The only way I can see them all together is on my homepage but from there you cannot select multiple photo's and there are no checkboxes.   Shift or control mouse clicks don't work.

 

When I go to the folder I know they are in there is no way to sort by "starred" or filter "starred".

 

A star appears next to those photo's which have been starred when I am in that folder but as soon as I click the checkbox the stars for all other "starred" photo's just disappear.

 

I have also tried searching for "starred" photo's in the search bar but it doesn't come back with the correct results.  

 

I had my wife go through over 6,000 photo's to figure out which one's she'd like in our holiday calendar and she "starred" over 300 photo's.  

 

Also tried going into the attributes on the local files on my PC hoping that there was some tag that dropbox adds to these files that I could sort by but still nothing.

 

If I can't figure this out I am a DEAD man LOL!  Really not funny :(

 

Is there is no way other way to do this other than opening each individual picture from my homepage and downloading them 1 at a time?

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Super User II

Re: Selecting all starred photos

Starring a file only makes it appear on your home page for quick access. There's no way to select all or filter on all starred files.

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Super User II

Re: Selecting all starred photos

Starring a file only makes it appear on your home page for quick access. There's no way to select all or filter on all starred files.

Level 2

Re: Selecting all starred photos

This is not an acceptable solution. Please fix.

Level 2

Re: Selecting all starred photos

seems no fix way

Level 2

Re: Selecting all starred photos

Totally agree - starred is worse than there being no feature to star at all. It gives you the idea that you will be able to collect these photos together but there is nothing you can do with them once you have actually starred them. 

 

So as with the original poster, you spend a load of time starring things, only to learn that it was pointless. 

 

Was there any user research on this "feature"?

Super User II

Re: Selecting all starred photos

@Kalbir 

I'm not sure what the point of the Home page is actually, but, I seriously doubt it will ever include Photo functionality like you are all talking about I'm afraid - as similar things to what you've mentioned have not long since been removed from Dropbox's website.

Sadly as well

 

@ayeshaji and @calledhandid - there actually isnt anything to fix. Its working as intended. Albeit in a less than helpful way. 


 


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Re: Selecting all starred photos


bobbo1 wrote:

I need to select all of the photo's that we recently starred.  The only way I can see them all together is on my homepage but from there you cannot select multiple photo's and there are no checkboxes.   Shift or control mouse clicks don't work.

If I can't figure this out I am a DEAD man LOL!  Really not funny :(

 

Is there is no way other way to do this other than opening each individual picture from my homepage and downloading them 1 at a time?


Just a thought, one your Dropbox home page, can you not just drag and drop each starred image into a new folder? Still a bit laborious, but would get the job done.

Level 4

Re: Selecting all starred photos

Nope, can't even do that.  Starring is essentially useless.

Level 2

Re: Selecting all starred photos

The only way that worked for me was through Dropbox's Iphone App.

 

Open the App.

 

Go to the folder with your files, some of which are already "starred".

 

Select "List View" [this does not work while on "Grid View"].

 

Tap on Select (top right).

 

And then Select from your list - manually, one by one - all the files that have the "star" next to their name.

 

It's not the most straightforward way and Dropbox can definitely improve this functionality, but if your starred files are not in the thousands and/or if you are patient enough, this solution should work.

Level 4

Re: Selecting all starred photos

I have a similar problem - I've done exactly the same as the original OP only my wife has selected about a thousand.

 

Can't do them one by one.

 

So I'm writing a script which will - download the list of names, and then find each one on my home computer and copy them into a new directory.  I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow.

 

But really, I shouldn't need to be a geek to solve this problem.

 

I totally agree - the "star" is almost useless as it stands.