Note: It seems like Dropbox has removed this feature in favour of the black icon. Dropbox has responded to my request with the following information:

If you like your desktop to look clean and slick you’ll probably get a little annoyed at the bright coloured logos in your menu bar! The Dropbox one is rather annoying compared to all the other nice flat, black and grey icons.
Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 11.21.41

So how do you achieve this? It’s actually ridiculously simple!

Navigate into the Dropbox preferences and simply select the “Use black and white menu bar icons”
Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 11.19.00

Now I am back at peace with my menu bar.
Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 11.21.31

Dave Macaulay
Dave Macaulay
I'm an enthusiastic, slightly eccentric Magento developer who bores with the idea of another basic brief.
  • morgane parisi

    Hello, this is silly but I’m having the exact opposite problem. The dropbox icon become black one day, without me doing anything. And i’ll like to switch it back to blue, but in the dropbox preferences, the “use black and white menu bar icon” choice simply doesn’t exist… I have a mac OS X. What can I do? Thank you!

    • daavem

      I prefer the black icon, looks much nicer! It looks like they’ve removed this as an option and force the black icon now. I don’t think there’s an option to change it back.

      • morgane parisi

        Oh I see. Well ok, I’ll get used to it. Thanks you for replying!

        • daavem

          No problem! I’ve fired Dropbox a tweet to see if I can determine why this change has been made.

          • Dyrk

            What I find annoying is not just that the icon is now black, but it no longer incorporates the checkmark – which lets me know that all is well. The simple black with no checkmark looks exactly the same as it does when there is no internet connection and syncing is not taking place. I have to keep going to the icon and opening the menu to make sure it is actually working. Not cool, Dropbox.

          • daavem

            It’s weird when companies remove features from their software rather than adding new ones… I rarely look at the icons up there so it’s not a massive bother to me. Should tweet @Dropbox, they might change it back

          • Katie Cooper

            yeah, that’s what bothers me too. It was helpful because then it was a good indicator as to whether my wireless network at work was truly working out having to launch a browser, etc.

          • Justin Ohms

            I agree the black icon is fine but I am not sure what was wrong with the checkmark.

      • Yes, you made it abundantly clear in the article and that comment that you do like the black and white icon; even to extent of using two gratuitous exclamation points. But Morgane, and I, probably equally (perhaps even more so as there are two of us) prefer the colourful icon.

        Alas! (Interjections, show excitement, or emotion. / They’re generally followed by an exclamation mark / Or, by a comma if the feeling’s not as strong) that the dropbox folk have decided to head toward the cliff marked “monochrome is so clean and happening”. That I have wasted my time searching for an answer via the preferences, the online dropbox site, and via a search engine as to why the icon suddenly went black shows that their decision was ill-made.

        Here’s hoping that the dropbox folk will come to their senses and re-instate the icon colour choice.

        • daavem

          I seem to have a strange love for exclamation points.

          It’s a shame Dropbox has actually removed an option which seems popular with a large amount of their customers. Going to head to Twitter to see if theirs an explanation.

  • Darren Micallef

    I thought there was something wrong with my Dropbox when it turned black! The black&white icon without checkmark is not cool at all Dropbox!!

  • Dr. JCA

    My Skype icons went black about the same time, so it did not occur to me that this was a dropbox mandated change. I don’t even recall updating my system immediately prior to the change and so was more concerned than I was irritated by DB. Like others, I miss the check box icon. I don’t mind the black although I also liked the blue and didn’t find the colors particularly distracting. More distracting was the time wasted trying to determine if something had went wrong with my system! But has it actually been determined that the change was in fact implemented by DB? I am using 10.6.8 (Holdout!).

    • daavem

      Seems like everyone is changing their icons in preparation for Yosemite. The coloured icons would look really out of place in the Yosemite menu bar.

      I’m going to have to assume that Dropbox auto updates in the background without alerting the user as well. Which could cause a lot of confusion when things like this happen. Sadly I’ve not had any response from Dropbox to why this has happened.

  • zebostoneleigh

    I liked it blue, and apparently a recent update removed the option to pick the color setting. #sad

  • Rich Hochstim

    I passionately don’t care about this issue.