Your Dropbox team space

With Dropbox Business, you have a new place to get your team in sync. We call this your team space. This is where you can store, access, share, and edit files, folders, and Dropbox Spaces with your coworkers as well as request feedback, and more.

In this section we'll go over what your team space looks like and how to get started with helpful tools like Smart Sync and Dropbox Paper.

Dropbox team folders

Once you sign in, you may see blue folders with a building icon in your team space. These are team folders set up by your admin. If you’ve previously used Dropbox Basic, these special team folders will be a new addition to getting organized.

Think of team folders as hubs for sharing content with your coworkers. When you add a file to a team folder, it’s automatically available to all members of the group or groups who have access to it. Admins can invite others outside the group to view or edit specific files and subfolders, or limit access to its contents. While team folders will be set up and managed by your admin, you can also create your own shared folders and Spaces (don’t worry, we’ll get into these in the next chapter).

Learn more about team folders.

Team member folders

Files saved to a Dropbox Business team folder are automatically shared with all team members who belong to the folder. If you don't want to share yet, add the file to your individual team member folder instead—this folder is for you and your own work files. And whether a file is in team folder or one of your own folders or Spaces, you can customize sharing to limit who can view and edit your stuff.

Note: While your individual team member folders and Spaces aren’t automatically shared, admins can access them through the admin console or by signing in as your account.

Smart Sync

With Dropbox, you can easily free up hard drive space by moving your stuff off your computer and into the cloud. With Dropbox Smart Sync, you can still see and access that content right from the desktop app or or the Dropbox folder on your computer. Simply select the file, folder, or Space you need and it will automatically download to your hard drive—only when you need it.

While your admin can choose default sync settings for the team, you can always enable Smart Sync for specific files, folders, and Spaces and choose to make them local or online-only. With Smart Sync and other features like selective sync, spend less time managing your storage space and more time doing work that matters.

How to: Smart Sync

  1. Open the desktop app.
  2. Locate the content that you want to make online-only or local.
  3. Control-click or right-click the file, folder, or Space.
  4. Choose Smart Sync
  5. Choose Online-only or Local.
  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer’s hard drive.
  2. Locate the content that you want to make online-only or local.
  3. Control-click or right-click the item.
  4. Choose Smart sync.
  5. Choose Online-only or Local.

    Learn how to choose a default setting for new content with Smart Sync.

    How do the system extension and driver work?

Open a file as usual through the Dropbox desktop app, its native application, Finder (Mac), or Windows Explorer. Dropbox instantly downloads the file to your computer. This file will continue to be synced to your Dropbox account, but it will also use space on your hard drive.

Selective sync is another Dropbox feature that allows you to choose which files to remove from your hard drive. You’ll still be able to access them on, but they won’t appear on your computer. Selective sync helps you free up hard drive space without deleting anything from your Dropbox account.

How to fix common issues with Selective Sync.

Access content offline

Dropbox works differently on your phone than it does on your computer: the mobile apps don’t save files to your devices, but rather show you your files in the cloud, just like on Even when you open and edit a file on your phone, you are still interacting with the file in the cloud rather than downloading it directly to your device.

To access your work without Wi-Fi or data service, you can make files available offline by turning on the Available offline option. Need to go a step further? Tag an entire folder or Dropbox Space to have its contents available offline on your phone or tablet.

How to: make content available offline

  1. In the Dropbox mobile app, browse to the file you’d like to make available offline.

  2. Tap the ... (ellipsis) icon next to the file name.

  3. Tap the Available offline toggle.

To access your offline files, tap Offline from the menu (Android) or Dropbox tab (iOS) on your Dropbox mobile app.

  1. In the Dropbox mobile app, browse to the folder you’d like to make available offline.

  2. Tap the ... (ellipsis) icon under the item's name.

  3. Tap the Available offline toggle.

To access your offline folders and Spaces, tap Offline from the menu (Android) or Dropbox tab (iOS) on your Dropbox mobile app.

Up next: Sharing & collaboration

Now that we know how to manage files in the Dropbox team space, we’ll go into sharing content and setting sharing preferences, and will take a look at collaborating with comments, notations, and Dropbox Paper.


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