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Stopping Dropbox From Automatically Syncing New Folders

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Get on the support forums and one of the most common complaints is the inability to stop a new folder added to your Dropbox from being automatically synced on the various devices where you have included your Dropbox. We found this to be very frustrating as well and Dropbox support was not help. We have Dropbox on our website servers. We definitely don't want to clutter up those servers with a lot of files that we'll never use there and more importantly we don't want the servers using up real time downloading and syncing files unnecessarily. Dropbox offers selective sync however when you add a new folder to your dropbox, you must so to each account where you've enabled selective sync to un-select the newly added folder. This is a pain in the butt! It's not how you want it to work. This simple workaround will accomplish the task...

We created two folders on Dropbox. You can name them whatever you want (and you're not limited to just two with this solution). Our folders are called "Work Files" and "Server". The files we want on our servers (we have two web servers) go in the Server folder. If I wanted a different set of files on each server, I would have created two different server folders. In my case, this wasn't necessary. The second folder is the folder that syncs to our work PC's and laptops. This allows me to have all of my customer files on my laptop even though I did all my work on my desktop the day before. I have effectively replaced my documents folder on my computer with my "Work Files" folder on Dropbox.

With this setup, I can add any number of files and folders to the Work Files folder and they do not get synced on devices that I've setup selective sync and unchecked that folder.