View your Dropbox desktop app preferences

This article explains how to view the Dropbox desktop app preferences on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Learn how to update your Dropbox desktop app preferences instead.

Open desktop app preferences on a Windows computer

  1. Make sure your Dropbox desktop app is open. If it’s not, click the Start menu and click Dropbox in your applications list.
  2. Click the Dropbox icon in your taskbar. (The row of icons at the top or bottom of your screen). If you don’t see it in that row of icons, click the arrow, to see if it’s in the overflow area.
  1. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the top-right corner.
  2. Click Preferences.

If you’d like to open your preferences from the Dropbox desktop app window instead, click the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner, hover over File, and click Preferences….

Open desktop app preferences on a Mac computer

  1. Make sure your Dropbox desktop app is open. If it’s not, double-click it from your applications list in Finder or use any of these other options to open the app.
  2. Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar. (The row of icons at the top of your screen).
  1. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the upper-right corner.
  2. Click Preferences.

If you’d like to open your preferences from the Dropbox desktop app window instead, there are a couple of options:

  • With the desktop app open, click Dropbox in the menu bar in the top-left corner of your computer screen, and then click Preferences….
  • In the desktop app window, click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the bottom-left corner of the window and click Preferences.

Open desktop app preferences on Linux

The location of your Dropbox desktop app preferences on a Linux computer depend on your specific installation. In general, to find your preferences:

  1. Make sure your Dropbox desktop app is open.
  2. Click the small Dropbox icon, which is typically in a bar at the top or bottom of your screen.
  3. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the upper-right corner.
  4. Click Preferences.
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