Dropbox is a free cloud-based service that allows you tostore and access your saved photos, documents, and videosfrom any computer or smartphone. You can also invite people to your Dropbox folders in orderto share files with them. Dropbox gives you 2 GB of free storage and is an easier andmore efficient alternative to emailing files to yourself, usinga flash drive, or using GoogleDocs.WHAT IS DROPBOX?
To download Dropbox, go to https://www.dropbox.com/ Feel free to watch the video. When you’re finished, click onto begin the download. The program should appear in your “Downloads” window.1. DOWNLOAD
Once the program finishes downloading, double click on itand the application window will appear. Drag and drop the blue box into your Applications folder.1. DOWNLOAD
To install Dropbox, go to your Applications folder and doubleclick on the Dropbox icon.2. INSTALL
2. INSTALL Select “I don’t have a Dropbox account” and click Continue.
2. INSTALL Create an account by providing your first name, last name,email, password, and computer name. Agree to the Terms ofService by selecting it and click Continue.
For easy installation, select “Use previous settings(recommended)” and click Continue.2. INSTALL
Once the installation is finished, Dropbox provides a 5-pagetutorial. Feel free to read this to get more familiar with theprogram.2. INSTALL
The blue Dropbox icon will appear in the top right corner ofyour menu bar, as shown by the green arrow. This is howyou can easily access your files from your desktop.2. INSTALL
Click on the blue Dropbox icon and then select “OpenDropbox Folder.” Dropbox now appears like any other folderon your computer and is listed under your “Places” menu.3. DESKTOP ACCESS
Add a new folder by clicking on the Gear menu andselecting “New Folder.”3. DESKTOP ACCESS
An “untitled folder” will appear with a blue cycle symbol; thismeans that Dropbox is in the process of creating the folder.Wait until this turns to a green arrow; this means thatDropbox has finished updating. Highlight the folder, hold down the Function (“fn”) key andclick the folder to change its name. You can now save and drag files into your Dropbox folders.3. DESKTOP ACCESS
To share a folder, select the folder you want to share. Clickthe Dropbox icon menu and select “Share This Folder…”.This will take you to the Dropbox website. It willautomatically log you in with your account.4. SHARING
4. SHARING Once on the Dropbox website, enter the email addresses ofthe “collaborators” you want to share the folder with. Youcan enter a personal message if you want. Then click“Share folder.” This will send an email invitation. The recipients will beinvited to download Dropbox. Every collaborator will nowhave access to this folder.
Because Dropbox is cloud-based, you can access your filesfrom any computer. Go to https://www.dropbox.com/ andselect “Log in” in the top right corner. Enter your accountinfo.5. ONLINE ACCESS
To upload a filed online, under the “Files” tab select“Upload.”5. ONLINE ACCESS
Select the folder you want to upload a file to. Click “Choosefiles” and find the file you want to share on your computer.Once you have added all of your desired files, click “Startupload.”5. ONLINE ACCESS
Once your file has finished loading, it will appear in thatfolder both online and on your computer.5. ONLINE ACCESS
You can also share a folder from the website. Click the“Sharing” tab and click “Share a folder.” Select whether tocreate a new folder or use an existing folder. Enter theemail addresses of collaborators and a personal message ifdesired.5. ONLINE ACCESS
Finally, you can share individual files with people withoutinviting them to an entire folder and requiring them todownload Dropbox. Every Dropbox automatically comeswith a Public folder. Drag the file you want to share into the Public folder.6. PUBLIC FOLDER
Click the Dropbox icon menu and select “Copy Public Link.”You can now paste the link into an email, Facebookmessage, website, blog, or anywhere else.6. PUBLIC FOLDER
It is best not to work on the exact same document at theexact same time with Dropbox; otherwise someone maysave a new version of a file over your version, and yourwork will be lost. To avoid saving over each other’s work, stay incommunication with your classmates and try to avoidworking at the same time.ONE LAST TIP