How can I keep Dropbox from creating multiple copies of the same file?

enufizenuf November 27, 2012
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We are using Dropbox, sharing, as I am updating several spreadsheets which need to be viewed by several people. For some reason the folder containing the spreadsheets always contains multiple copies of the spreadsheet (with different dates and times) and added to the original name is (1) or (2) etc. I don’t understand how this is happening, unless, those i share with are viewing and then uploading their viewed file creating all the multiple files. Iif this is the case i do i disable this, in the software, from happening as it is causing mass confusion and I am the only one that actually knows what is the latest file.

  1. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    December 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

    You can't really disable it. Dropbox doesn't support collaboration and so when two people access the files and make changes, dropbox will create a new file to make sure that both saves can be implemented.

  2. Dave Rimmer
    November 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Why not just keep the latest and delete the rest.

  3. Dhaval Patel
    November 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Whenever you are changing the files (word, excel etc..) make sure that your dropbox account is connected to your pc otherwise upon reconnecting it will create two copy ( one which is on server and one which is edited)

  4. Rakesh Mishra
    November 28, 2012 at 5:59 am

    if u mae any changes to the old file then the new as well as old file will be saved this is the feature of dropbox

  5. ha14
    November 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    If two people both open and edit a file in a shared folder at the same time, Dropbox will save both of their changes, but in separate files. It does not try to automatically combine or merge changes. Read our help article on conflicting copies to learn more about how this works.

  6. Duy Nguyen Minh
    November 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    This is plugin view, we cant disable.

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