How to create and share Dropbox links with view-only access

You can easily share a link to a file or folder on dropbox.com or the Dropbox desktop app. People who receive a shared link or shared file with view-only permissions won't be able to edit the original file in any way.

Dropbox Professional and Business customers can change link settings and customize shared links with professional branding.

Notes: 

  • Microsoft Office files and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow edit access by default, but you can change the access to view-only when you create the link.
  • You can't create a shared link to a restricted folder.

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Share a Dropbox link with view-only access

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the file or folder you’d like to share and click the share icon (rectangle with an up arrow).
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create.
    • If a link has been created, then click Copy link.
  4. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.

On the Dropbox desktop app

  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click or command-click the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click Share….
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create link.
    • If a link has been created, click Copy link next to Can view.
  4. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.
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