Having access to all your folders and files—no matter which computer or device you’re using—is awesome. But sometimes you don’t want everything synced. Maybe you don’t have enough space on your laptop for larger files. Or maybe, for security reasons, you need certain work files to stay in the office.
You can get around this issue by using Selective Sync. Selective Sync means you choose which folders and files are synced to each computer that’s linked to your account.
Right-click on the Dropbox icon in the Taskbar, and select Preferences.
Click the Advanced tab at the top, and then click the Selective Sync button.
Finally, uncheck any folders you don’t want synced to this computer. Keep in mind that if you add a new folder to this computer with the same name as a de-selected folder, Dropbox will not sync that folder.
If there are sub-folders within a folder that you don’t want synced, click the Switch to Advanced View button. From there, you can expand the folder and uncheck whatever sub-folders you don’t want Dropbox to sync.
Click OK when you’re done—and that’s it! If you change your mind, you can just go back and check the folders you want synced.