Dropbox, is a well known file backup and sync tool. It is different from other file backup services because in this tool, you’ll be provided by a special folder which looks like a simple folder but works like a magic.
If you put any file inside the Dropbox folder, will be instantly get synced and backup online. It means you can instantly access the file from anywhere in the World. No matter which computer or which operating system you are using. To access the files from other computer, it is not necessary to have Dropbox installed in the computer. Only thing you have to do is open the official website and sign in with your login credentials.
This article will show you how you can easily start with Dropbox to backup and sync your file online. Here’s how you can install Dropbox on your computer.
1. Go to Dropbox.com and download 12.89 MB setup file. It is available for free for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile devices. I am a Windows user and installed the software to WIndows Vista computer. For other OS (MAC, Linux), installation is almost same.
2. Click on setup file to run it on your computer. A welcome screen will appear. Click on “Install” button to start the installation process.
3. It will start the Dropbox installation on your computer. A progress bar will show the progress of installation.
4. It will ask you for your Dropbox account. If you already have a Dropbox account then choose the second option “I already have a Dropbox account”. If you don’t have one then select the first option “I don’t have a Dropbox account”. After selecting the appropriate option, click the “Next” button.
5. If you choose the first option, i.e. “I don’t have a Dropbox account”, then create a Dropbox window will appear where you have to sign for the new account. Enter your name, email, password, and computer’s name in the box given. Check the box next to “I agree to the Terms of Service”. Click “Next” button.
6. Now select your Dropbox size. Dropbox offers free 2GB account. For 50 GB and 100 GB, the costs are $9.99 and $19.99 per month respectively. I advice you to start with free account. In future if you are out of space then you can anytime upgrade your account.
7. A mini tour will start displaying you all the important features of Dropbox. For example, Dropbox folder is a folder inside your computer. You can drop or move any file inside the folder and it will be synced to your online account and rest of the computer (in which Dropbox is installed with the same user ID). You can either skip the tour or click on “Next” button to proceed to the further part of the tour.
8. You can access your files which are present inside the Dropbox from anywhere in the World. All you need is computer and an internet connection. Simple open Dropbox website sign in with your user ID. You will be able to view, download and upload the file securely from the browser.
9. In the system tray, small Dropbox icon will be available after installation. If you click on the icon, you’ll find many options. You can open Dropbox folder, launch the Dropbox website, check the recently changed files, go to preferences and few more options.
10. You can share any folder present inside Dropbox folder with your friends. All you need to know is email ID of your friend from which Dropbox account was made. Simple right click on the folder and select Dropbox –> Share this folder. It will ask for an email ID. After sharing the folder, your friend can access your folder from his computer. No matter which operating system he use.
11. After completing with the tour, you’ll get the final page of the setup. You can add a shortcut on your desktop and choose the location where you want to put your Dropbox folder. Just check both the options given and click on the “Change” button to decide the new location of the folder. After deciding the location, click “Finish”.
That’s it. Your Dropbox has been installed. A notification will appear on the system tray saying your computer is linked to Dropbox.! Files in your computer will sync and backup online.
This is introductory guide to Dropbox. On ething to note that Dropbox is not limited to file backup and sync. It can perform many other tasks. In future I will show you some advance techniques that can increase your productivity.