Once this is done, you’re free to empty your Recycle Bin and go about your day.
Here’s how: At this point, if all is well, you can empty your recycle bin.
This folder should reset itself every three days, though in cases where your Dropbox application is experiencing a conflict, you may not want to wait for the problem to resolve itself.
Deleting your Dropbox cache can free up plenty of disk space and resolve sync issues.
To check this, right-click on the Dropbox icon in your task bar and select Preferences.
Once there, head over to Advanced and select Selective Sync…. One trick to resolve sync errors I found is renaming the problematic folder through the Dropbox website.
You can do this by going to and navigating to the file/folder that appears to be experiencing the issue.
Once there, left-click the folder or file and select Rename from the menu.
This is usually a tool implemented by enterprise-level IT.
I am a huge fan of Dropbox, but every once in a while the Dropbox application on my Windows-based PC and Mac gets caught in an endless sync loop in which no files are actually being downloaded or uploaded, but the application is running like crazy to catch up.
This happened most recently when a video being shared between myself and several coworkers needed to be re-rendered and replaced.
You can also check for any faulty proxy settings by right-clicking the Dropbox icon in your task bar, selecting Preferences and choosing the Proxies tab.
For most people, you’ll want to have it auto-detect your proxy settings.