How to use Dropbox

Your new Dropbox

Dropbox is a great service that helps you keep your files safe, synced and accessible from anywhere. You can remotely set up Dropbox in just one click with Soluto, for yourself and for your friends, family and colleagues too.

How to use your new Dropbox

Dropbox is like a regular folder on your computer where you can keep stuff, but has a magical twist – every file that you put in your Dropbox is automatically backed up to the cloud to keep it completely safe and secure.

Dropbox is like a regular folder

Once you start putting your files in Dropbox:

  • The files will be backed up and kept safe.

  • You'll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone.

  • You can easily share stuff with other people.

1. Saving a file to Dropbox

Let's start with how to save a file to Dropbox.
From now on when you save a document, photo or whatever, you should save it to Dropbox. For example, when you click ‘Save' in Microsoft Word, you'll see a list of folders on the left hand side. Select ‘Dropbox' from the list and press ‘Save'.

Saving a file

2. Adding existing stuff to Dropbox

Adding existing stuff

Now let's add your existing documents, photos and music.
You can simply drag whichever files you want into your Dropbox folder.
Or, if you don't like dragging stuff, you can right-click the file you want to move, choose ‘Copy', go to your Dropbox, right-click and select ‘Paste'.

Choose ‘Copy', go to your Dropbox, right click and select ‘Paste'

Dropbox will take care of syncing and storing your stuff. While files are syncing you can keep using the computer however you wish, it all happens in the background. Once you see a green check mark next to the files you put into Dropbox, it means your stuff is backed up and accessible from anywhere.

Syncing and storing your stuff Syncing... Backed up!

3. Accessing files you put in your Dropbox

From now on you should always view and work on files from your Dropbox. You can easily access the files you've put in Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox icon in the menu bar (next to the clock) or clicking ‘Finder' and then selecting ‘Dropbox' from the list on the left.

Once you click on the icon, your Dropbox folder will open up FinderORMenu bar

Once you click on the icon, your Dropbox folder will open up and you'll be able to access your files just like you do in any other folder on your computer.

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Now you know the basics of using Dropbox.
There's lots more you can do with Dropbox. Keep on reading for the slightly more advanced stuff like accessing files from your mobile phone, sharing files with others and more.