Dropbox is a convenient way to sync files across devices via the cloud. By default, Dropbox starts when you turn on your Windows computer or Mac, but sometimes you may not want it to. How to make sure it does not start when you start.
First open Dropbox. Click the “Dropbox”; icon in the Windows notification area (at the bottom right of the screen) or the Mac menu bar (at the top right of the screen.) Click the account avatar in the Dropbox menu, which may also look like a circle with your initials in.
Select “Settings” in the menu that appears.
Click the “General” tab in the Settings window that opens. If there is a check mark in the box next to “Start Dropbox at system startup”, uncheck it.
Click “OK” in Windows to save the setting. On Macs, click the red “X” in the corner of the window to close Settings. The next time you start your PC or Mac, Dropbox will not load.
An alternative method for Windows computers
On Windows, it is also possible to prevent Dropbox from opening when starting with Task Manager. To open the Task Manager, right-click on the Taskbar and select “Task Manager.” Click on the “Startup” tab in the Task Manager. Select “Dropbox” in the list of applications and then click the “Disable” button.
Close the Task Manager. After that, Dropbox no longer starts at startup. To start it manually, open your Start menu, type “Dropbox” and then click on the Dropbox icon that appears.
An alternative method for Macs
On a Mac, you can also stop Dropbox from logging in using System Preferences. To open System Preferences, click the “Apple” icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.”
Select “Users and groups” in System Preferences. Then select your user account and click on the “Login Items” tab. You will see a list of applications starting at login. Select “Dropbox” and press the “minus” button below to remove it from the list.
Close system settings. The next time you log in to your Mac, Dropbox will not start. Of course, if you need to launch it later, you can find Dropbox in your Mac’s application folder.
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