How to Sync in Dropbox


Connecting your computer to Dropbox syncs it with the World. One you install the Dropbox application, files that you wish to share will upload to secure internet servers automatically. The makers of Dropbox call this process synchronization, or "syncing." Synchronized files residing on the Dropbox servers download automatically to any computer on the planet that has access to your private Dropbox account. Since the software syncs your files automatically, all you need to know is the location of the Dropbox folder on your hard drive.

  • Download and install Dropbox if you do not have the application. The install wizard will guide you through the setup process. During installation, the installation wizard recommends choosing the "Typical" setup option when prompted.

  • Locate the Dropbox icon located in your system tray. This icon looks like an open box. If you use Windows 7 and do not see that icon click the "Up" arrow in the system tray to display your hidden icons.

  • Click that icon then click "Open Dropbox Folder." Windows Explorer launches and displays your Dropbox folder. The application syncs any file that you place in this folder.

  • Drag a file from another location into the Dropbox folder to test the sync process. Dropbox will sync that file and upload it to your Dropbox account on the Internet.

Tips & Warnings

  • To access your synchronized files from another computer, install Dropbox on that computer and logon using your Dropbox user ID and password. The application will transfer your synchronized files from the Internet to that computer. The files will appear in that computer's Dropbox folder. You can also view your files online by visiting your Dropbox account on the Web. To do that, click the Dropbox icon in your system tray, and then click "Launch Dropbox Website."
  • The free Dropbox account limits your file storage to 2 GB. Increase that amount by upgrading your service.

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