How to create tags for Dropbox files

Tags are only available on

You can add tags to files and folders to help you organize and quickly find everything in your and your team’s Dropbox account. Tags are available to all Dropbox users and can be added to individual files, folders, or in bulk. Anyone who can view or edit a file or folder can see its tags. Only people with edit access can add or remove tags.

How to add a tag

To add a tag to a file:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click the checkbox to the left of the file or folder you want to tag.
  3. You will see # Add a tag in the right-side panel.
  4. Type your tag and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac).


  • Tags must be less than 32 characters and can only contain letters, numbers, and underscores.
  • Up to 20 tags can be added to a single file.
  • Tags are supported in all Dropbox available languages.

How to remove a tag

To remove a tag from a file:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click the checkbox to the left of the file you’d like to remove a tag from.
    • Tags for that file will appear under the file preview in the right sidebar.
  3. Click the X to the right of the tag you’d like to remove.

How to search for a tag

There are multiple ways to search for a tag: 

  • Enter the tag, in the format of #tag_name, in the search bar at the top of the screen. 
  • As you start typing in the search bar, you’ll see a list of suggested tags. Select the tag you’re looking for.
  • Click on the tag in the right-side panel to view all the files associated with that tag. 
  • Click into the search bar and prior to typing, select the tag you wish to search under Tags.

How to use tags with an automated folder

Using automation, you can apply tags to files within a specific folder by default.

To create a folder with automated tags:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click Create in the upper-left. 
  3. Name the folder and select Files added to a folder are tagged.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter the tags you would like automatically applied.
  6. Click Create.
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