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How to store and share files on the internet using the Free Dropbox service?

Updated on May 14, 2010

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Setting up your Dropbox

How to store and share files on the internet using the Free Dropbox service?

Whether you are often on the move, or that you want to keep your files safe, having an online backup solution ensures that wherever you go, you always have access to your files and have a copy in case of accidents or hard-drive failures.

As not all online services are created equal, it is important to compare the available solutions before choosing one. I recommend you do an online storage comparison to know which ones are available.

I personally chose to use Dropbox, an online service that provides 2 gigabytes for free, and that is compatible on Mac and PC. I was especially seduced by the service’s ease-of-use and the fact that it allows you to access your online storage like a local hard disk.

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for anything you read beyond this point if you choose to use any of the educational material below or if anything happens to your computer, operating system, or data.

Should you chose to use this software, here is an easy tutorial I show you how to set up Drop-Box on your Windows computer.

A – Storing files with Dropbox

1. Go to the www.dropbox.com website

  • Click on the Download button
  • A download Window will appear. Click on save file and download the installation file to your computer.

2. Launch the setup software:

  • Double Click the installation file.
  • Click Install
  • Next, select I don’t have a Dropbox Account to create your account.
  • Fill in the information on the form. Don’t forget to give a name to the computer, as you will be able to add sharing to other computers later on. Select the free 2GB plan

3. Make sure you take the Tour to learn the basics:

  • Finish the installation

4. An Icon will appear on in your task bar, on the lower right habnd corner of your screen.

  • Right-click on it and select Open Dropbox Folder

5. Congratulations, you may now start using Dropbox!

  • Now drag and drop files and folders to your Dropbox folder. They will be automatically uploaded to your account later and display a green check mark when syncing is completed.

You are now set to store your files on Dropbox!


B –Sharing files

1. Click on the Dropbox icon in your taskbar...

...and select “Launch Dropbox Website” The below page will appear

2. Select the “Sharing” tab and click “Share a folder”

3. Select the folder that you want to share.

  • At this point there will be 2 options:

-share an existing folder

-or you create a new one.

For this example, we will create a new folder: ->Input a name and click next

->Next, type the email address of the person you would like to share the message with, and in the second box, write them a message (optional).

Note: If you want to share with more than one people, type the addresses separated by a hyphen “;”

4. The other person(s) will soon receive your invitation.

  • Once the person is registered, you will both be able to read and write the document by opening your Dropbox Folder from the taskbar icon.
  • Just open this folder and drag and drop the files as if they are on your hard drive!

Congratulations, you can now share the files on your Dropbox!

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