10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Dropbox
1. “Favorite” Files for Offline Reading
If you “favorite” images or text documents on your mobile device using the Dropbox app, you can access those files later, even if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular service.
2. Use Dropbox as Your Default Documents Folder
To conserve memory and time, you can save files directly to Dropbox from your computer programs. This requires simple commands in Terminal for Mac OS or a small settings change for Windows.
For Mac OS, open Terminal (in Utilities) and type cd Dropbox. Press enter, and then type ln -s
/Documents /Documents. Hit enter again to complete the process.
In Windows, right-click on your My Documents folder, hit Properties and click Move. Then select your Dropbox folder.
3. Email Files to Dropbox as Attachments
When you don’t have access to Dropbox, it comes in handy to have an alternate way to upload files.
If you create an account at SendToDropbox.com, you can send files to a custom email address as attachments. The files will automatically appear in your Attachments folder in Dropbox.
4. Get More Storage — For Free
If you’re a free user of Dropbox, you can immediately access 2GB of space, but you can get more storage without having to pay for an upgrade.
Dropbox offers 500MB for every friend that you refer to the service, 250MB for completing a “Getting Started” checklist, 125MB for connecting social media and several other options to earn more space.
Dropbox Pro users can get up to 32GB of extra space, thanks to referrals.
5. Maintain Firefox Settings Across Multiple Computers
It’s difficult to maintain specific preferences or add-ons in Firefox when you use the browser on multiple computers. However, you can download Firefox Portable and store it in Dropbox. Since Firefox Portable can be used anywhere, your settings and add-ons will be synced.
6. Upload Files to Dropbox via URL
URL Droplet allows you to upload links straight to your Dropbox folders. All you need to do is take a link (this especially works well if the link leads to a PDF or similar document) and paste it into the URL Droplet form.
7. Download Torrents Remotely
Note: This Dropbox tip is intended for legal use only.
If you’re away from your personal computer and you’d like to download bit torrent files, ready by the time you get home, Dropbox is a perfect tool.
Just adjust the settings in your torrent program (uTorrent, BitTorrent, etc.) to automatically load your torrent in Dropbox.
8. Maintain Two Dropbox Accounts (Advanced)
This one can get tricky, so it’s intended for advanced users (using Mac OS).
Many people use Dropbox for both business and personal purposes, often maintaining separate accounts for each, since Dropbox doesn’t support multiple users at once. This can be inconvenient when you’re connected to one account but want to reach files in another.
A solution is to use an alternate home directory in the command line and create another Dropbox icon and folder, saved in a separate area on your computer. You can differentiate between the two by changing the color of one of the icons.
Learn more about this process on the Dropbox Wiki.
9. Back Up Your Website
You can easily back up your website and data on Dropbox, which is useful if you’ve spent a lot of time and effort building your site or your’re concerned about your servers.
With a service like Backup Box or a WordPress.org plugin, rest assured that your website is backed up.
10. Host Web Pages
Want a website, but don’t want to pay for a domain? Want an online portfolio, but don’t know HTML? Dropbox can help.
By using services like DropPages or Pancake.io, you can create a small and simple website with minimal effort.
With Pancake.io, all you need to do is save plain text files in Dropbox, and you can edit them at any time the same way. DropPages is a little bit more complex, letting you add themes and custom URLs. Both services allow you to use Markdown or HTML.
We live in an age when we want (and sometimes need) to access information at all times. This includes our own data and files — text documents, photographs, videos, music and more. That’s why services like Dropbox and the cloud are so popular with the connected generation.
Free of charge (with a paid upgrade option), Dropbox lets you upload your files to folders accessible anywhere there’s an Internet connection. It eliminates the hassle of emailing yourself attachments and running into size limits. People can use Dropbox through the desktop app, mobile apps or via the web.
Dropbox is a simple service, but you may not realize there are several ways to amp up the user experience. You can “favorite” files for offline reading, upload documents via URL, download torrents remotely so they’re ready by the time you get home and more.
Check out the gallery above for some useful ways you can get more out of Dropbox. Do you use the service? Share your own tips and tricks in the comments below.]]>