7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2011 8:59 AM by Ken Spiker
Ken Spiker Level 2 (295 points)

I have been using OSX for a long time, but as I am the single user on my computer I haven't familiarized myself with Drop Box. I thought you could just drop things into it and they would appear in the Drop Box of other users on the same computer. I even remember it behaving that way in the past, but I suppose that was a false memory. Well, anyway, I created another account on my computer, log into that account and I drop a doc into the Drop Box of the other user and I expect it to appear in my own Drop Box, but it doesn't... and what's in my Drop Box doesn't appear in the Drop Box of the other user. So I'm confused about how Drop Box works. I have used it with other computers on my network. Can anyone help? Or direct me to a page where it's explained?

Mac Pro 2.66 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Eric Ross Level 6 (11,665 points)

    Drop box on your computer is a folder that any user has access to, it is under the user account but you can navigate to the folder and read documents.  Each account on your Mac has it's own Drop Box.

  • Ken Spiker Level 2 (295 points)

    I know, but why don't the items in my drop box show up in the other user's drop box?

  • Niel Level 10 (293,545 points)

    Each account has its own Drop Box. It's intended for one account to send files and folders to another account, and is used by dropping items into the Drop Box of the account you want to send them to.



  • Ken Spiker Level 2 (295 points)

    I'm sorry, I haven't made myself clear. What I thought (wrongly) was that if I drop an item in the folder myhome>public>drop box that that item would appear in the other user's user>public>drop box.


    Niel says: "...is used by dropping items into the Drop Box of the account you want to send them to." I don't know where there to find the "Drop Box of the account you want to send them to." I only know of the drop box in my own home folder, user>public>drop box.


    Please tell me how to find the drop box of the user I want to send the item to.  Thanx.

  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 (19,045 points)

    Open the /Users folder, and you should see your home folder, a Shared folder, and any other user's home folder. Open the other user's folder and you'll see that all that user's folders have a little "forbidden" sign on them, except for the Public and Sites folders. Open the Public folder, and inside is that user's Dropbox, with a cool little down arrow badge on it.


    BTW, I think your idea of how it ought to work is a good one! Not being a programmer I have no idea how hard it would be to create such a functionality, but you might send feedback to Apple about it:




    Personally I usually just put stuff I want to share into the Shared folder, because everyone can actually open it and see what's in there. Only the owner of the Dropbox can open the folder--other users can put stuff in it, but they can't open it to see what's there. I think it is kinda dumb and never use it.



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  • jsd2 Level 5 (6,200 points)

    I think the Drop Boxes may have been set up this way so as to maintain privacy if there are more than two users. This way if user A puts something onto user B's drop box, user C will never know about it. If you don't need such privacy, you could use the Shared folder instead.


    If you do want use the Drop Box of another user, once you navigate to it you could make an alias to it on your own Desktop, to use more conveniently in the future. To do this, hold down both the Option key and the Command key, and drag the other user's Drop Box folder icon onto your Desktop.

  • Ken Spiker Level 2 (295 points)

    That explains it. I was expecting the Drop Box to work like the Shared folder. By the way, I would think the Shared folder should be under home>public rather than HD>users but what do I know. "Public" ought to be...well, public. Thanx.