I have some .pdf files on dropbox that are publicly shared. Is there a way to disable the download option so that they are only viewable on dropbox, but not downloadable to one's desktop?

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No, that's not possible.

(Also it makes little sense to disable downloads, if they can view on Dropbox, it's trivial to save it)


Have to disagree with Sathya. It does make sense in a number of cases. For example, I might provide an Excel spreadsheet so that everyone can see a forecast within Dropbox but disable downloading so that they cannot see the personnel data within the spreadsheet. Yes, I know that you can password protect the spreadsheet, or that you can save the spreadsheet as a pdf to limit viewing. However, disabling downloading and just allowing views would be a simple way of distribution without full access.

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