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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)

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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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  • This should be a comment. – serenesat Aug 4 '15 at 17:00

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