I have some big folders on Dropbox that other people shared with me. They are a place for sharing files, and they constantly grow bigger and bigger. I'd like to avoid keeping them in my own Dropbox (I don't care about offline access and auto-sync, and I do care about free space in my Dropbox), but still have access to them when I need something.

How do I do it? :)

  • Move them out of your Dropbox folder? They're just files on your harddrive.
    – ale
    Jul 9, 2015 at 18:45
  • It's a shared folder. If I move them out, I'd remove them for everyone. And I'd also like to have access to new files published in the shared folder.
    – mik01aj
    Jul 9, 2015 at 18:49
  • There's no way to keep a shared folder without it counting against your quota. Perhaps you should make a second account that they can share with, and you can access the files whenever you like through the web interface. Then have your primary account leave the shared folder.
    – ale
    Jul 9, 2015 at 18:59

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Request that your contacts share their content to you via a link. This can be done by logging into the web app, at dropbox.com, like so:

Share a folder in Dropbox

This will allow you to access their content via a browser, while keeping your Dropbox storage unused.

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