Dropbox in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    Dropbox in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Dropbox in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove Dropbox in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

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    Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by American company Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software.

    Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

    If you installed the Dropbox app on your PC, then you will now have a Dropbox folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Dropbox from the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Dropbox in navigation pane of File Explorer
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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 (32-bit add), step 3 (64-bit add), or step 4 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Dropbox to Navigation Pane in 32-bit Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    32-bit_Add_Dropbox_to_navigation_pane.bat

    download


     3. To Add Dropbox to Navigation Pane in 64-bit Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    64-bit_Add_Dropbox_to_navigation_pane.bat

    download


     4. To Remove Dropbox from Navigation Pane

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Dropbox_from_navigation_pane.bat

    download

    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the .bat file.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .bat file to run it.

    8. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Education
       2016-09-24 #1

    Note that I have a CLSID ending with ...8E1B} instead of ...8E1A} so maybe you need to check what CLSID you have before applying this fix. Edit the .reg file (download it, right-mouse click on it, edit) before applying it!

    I think my CLSID differs because I might have reinstalled Dropbox. I can't think of another reason to have a different key name.
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  2. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro 1607
       2016-11-06 #2

    I downloaded the Remove Dropbox bat file and it works great, BUT every time I restart the computer the massively annoying Dropbox folder reappears, is there any way to get rid of the Dropbox folder in the navigation pane permanently?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,398
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-11-06 #3

    Hello wwood, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Double check to see if you have Dropbox set to run/open at startup. If so, that could be why it's reappearing.

    Startup Items - Add, Delete, Enable, Disable in Windows 10

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  4. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro 1607
       2016-11-06 #4

    Thanks Brink, I disabled Dropbox from opening at startup and that works BUT if you then open the Dropbox app at any time then restart, the annoying folder reappears in the navigation pane. This happens even if you pause syncing before the restart. There is no way I can find to exit the Dropbox app once it is started manually.
    So unless you are willing to never run the Dropbox app on your computer, disabling Dropbox from opening at startup does not work.

    There is a thread on the Dropbox forum about this problem and nobody so far has figured out how to keep the Dropbox folder from reappearing after restarts. Many complaints to Dropbox support have been ignored.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,398
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-11-06 #5

    I just tested this again, and Dropbox is not being restored to the navigation pane for me after a restart with Dropbox still set to run at startup, and even when opening the Dropbox folder.

    Do you have the latest Dropbox app version installed?

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  6. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro 1607
       2016-11-06 #6

    Yes have latest Dropbox.

    Not sure what the Add versions of the .bat file are for since Dropbox puts the folder in the navigation pane whether you like it or not!
    Guess something odd is causing the behavior on my computer since your setup works. I will just have to keep using the bat file to delete Dropbox folder every time I restart, not really a problem just an annoyance. My main grip is the intrusive nature of some new software that modifies things without your consent and then provides no way to remove it.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,398
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-11-06 #7

    I suppose as a workaround for now, you could add the Remove_Dropbox_from_navigation_pane.bat file to your Startup folder to have it run automatically at startup for you.
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  8. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 4
    Win 10 Pro 1607
       2016-11-06 #8

    Good idea, I will do that!
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