How to Use Dropbox Without Creating a Local Folder


Dropbox is slowly becoming one of the best "cloud" storage providers in the market. With 2 GB of free storage provided upon registration, you can back up any file without much worry. Its free desktop application creates a local copy of your Dropbox "cloud" in your computer. Many people prefer to use this application to create backups across different computers, regardless of location or operating system. If you'd like to avoid creating a local folder, you can make full use of its core features through the Dropbox website.

Uploading Files

  • Log in to your Dropbox account. Go to the "Files" tab. If you'd like to upload files to a specific folder, click its name on the list.

  • Click on the "Upload" button. This opens the "Upload to Dropbox" window.

  • Click on "Choose Files." Select the file you'd like to upload and then click on "Open." To upload multiple files at once, hold your "Ctrl" key ("Cmd" key for Apple Macintosh computers) while clicking each file.

  • Click on "Start Upload."

Sharing Folders

  • Log in to your Dropbox account. Go to the "Files" tab and then click on "Share a folder."

  • Choose "I'd like to share an existing folder" and then click "Next."

  • Select the folder you'd like to share and then click "Next."

  • Enter the email addresses of your desired collaborators and recipients. You may also include a message for them.

  • Click on "Share folder" when you're done. A link to the folder you just shared will be sent to your collaborators by email. They will need to sign up for a free Dropbox account to access and edit these files.

Sharing Files Publicly

  • Log in to your Dropbox account. Go to the "Files" tab. Open the "Public" folder by clicking on it.

  • Upload the files you'd like to share publicly. To do this, click on "Upload." Click on "Choose Files" and then select your files. Click on "Start Upload."

  • Right-click the name of the file you'd like to share. Choose "Copy public link."

  • Click on "Shorten Link" and then copy the URL. Use this to share your file with anyone. Non-Dropbox users do not need to register for an account to view files that you share through your "Public" folder.

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