Dropbox is a convenient way to sync files across devices via the cloud. By default, Dropbox starts every time you turn on your Windows PC or Mac. However, sometimes you may not want to. Just make sure it doesn’t start on startup.
First, open Dropbox. Click the Dropbox icon in the Windows notification area (in the lower-right corner of your screen) or in the Mac menu bar (in the upper-right corner of your screen). From the Dropbox menu, click your account̵
Select “Settings” from the menu that appears.
In the Settings window that opens, click the General tab. If the box next to “Start Dropbox at startup” is checked, uncheck it.
Click “OK” in Windows and the setting will be saved. On Macs, click the red “X” in the corner of the window to close Preferences. The next time you start your PC or Mac, Dropbox won’t load.
An alternative method for Windows PCs
On Windows, the Task Manager can also be used to prevent Dropbox from opening on startup. To open the Task Manager, right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager”. In Task Manager, click the Startup tab. Select “Dropbox” from the list of applications and then click the “Disable” button.
Close the task manager. After that, Dropbox no longer starts when booting. To start it manually, open your Start menu, type “Dropbox” and click the Dropbox icon that appears.
An alternative method for Macs
On a Mac, you can also prevent Dropbox from launching when you sign in using System Preferences. To open System Preferences, click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences.
Select “Users and Groups” in the system settings. Then select your user account and click the “Login Items” tab. You will see a list of applications that begin when you sign in. Select “Dropbox” and press the “Minus” button below to remove it from the list.
Close System Preferences. The next time you sign in to your Mac, Dropbox won’t start. Of course, if you need to launch it later, Dropbox can be found in your Mac’s Applications folder.
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