How to Stop Dropbox from Opening Automatically on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to stop Dropbox from automatically opening every time one log into Windows 11. Dropbox, handy cloud storage that synchronizes your files across all devices, will automatically startup every time a user signs into Windows. If you don’t always use Dropbox and want to turn off this behavior, the steps below will show you how.

When you install Dropbox on Windows 11, it automatically adds its icon on the taskbar. You can right-click the Dropbox app icon on the taskbar and close it. However, the next time you log back onto Windows 11, the Dropbox app will automatically reoccur.

If you don’t want the Dropbox app to start up automatically every time, use the steps below to prevent Dropbox app from starting up when you log in.

Follow the steps below to disable Dropbox from starting up automatically on Windows 11.

How to prevent Dropbox from starting up automatically on Windows 11

As mentioned above, the Dropbox app will automatically open up by default when you sign into Windows. You can turn this behavior off when using Windows, and the steps below show you how to do that.

With Dropbox installed, you can turn off auto-start via the Task Manager. To do that, click the Start button and search for Task Manager. Under Best Match, click the Task Manager app.

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Click the Startup tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More Details first.

Next, look for Dropbox in the list, right-click it, and select Disable. Windows won’t open Dropbox automatically when you sign in anymore.

How to disable Dropbox auto start from the app

You can also disable Dropbox from automatically starting up on Windows from the app. Click the upward-facing caret on the taskbar to show the hidden app icons, then right-click on the Dropbox add icon.

On the fly-out window, click the Settings gear at the top right, then select Preferences.

Under General, uncheck the highlighted box under the Preferences window that reads: Start Dropbox on system startup.

Click the OK button to save your settings and exit. That should do it!


This post showed you how to disable Dropbox from automatically starting up every time you sign into Windows. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately, the word ‘open’ and ‘startup’ have been interchanged in this article. The Application ‘starts’ and one ‘opens’ the DropBox folder. Why is this subtle inference important, because this article is about ‘starting’ Dropbox. Yet, the search engine leads us to believe that it is about ‘opening.’

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