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  2. Payments and billing
  3. Security and privacy
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  5. Syncing and uploads
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  8. Manage account
  9. Space and storage
  10. Photos and videos
  11. Mobile
  12. Dropbox Paper

Locate the Dropbox folder

Installing the Dropbox desktop application will create a Dropbox folder in your home folder, or the folder named after your computer login (the name you use to log in to the computer). The folder will have the Dropbox logo on it and will be named Dropbox.

For a shortcut to your Dropbox folder, click the Dropbox icon in your system tray and select Dropbox Folder from the menu.

Anything you put in this folder will sync to any of the computers, phones, and tablets where you've also installed the Dropbox application. All you need to do is sign in to the app using the same email address and password across all of your devices. Files in your Dropbox folder are also automatically synced online and available anywhere you need them from dropbox.com. Files uploaded directly to dropbox.com will also save directly to your Dropbox folder. Once they're in your Dropbox folder, you can use them just like you would anywhere else on your hard drive, even if you're offline.

Dropbox Business or team users

If you've connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, Dropbox will create two separate folders in your home folder. Your work folder will be labeled with the name of your team in parentheses, while your personal folder will have the label Personal in parentheses.

For a shortcut to either folder, click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar or system tray. Click the home icon to open your personal Dropbox folder, or click the briefcase icon to open your work Dropbox folder.

For a shortcut to your Dropbox folder, click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar and select the folder icon in the upper right-hand corner.

  • Note: If you have work and personal Dropbox accounts paired on your computer, select the briefcase to access your work account and the house icon to access your personal account.

Anything you put in this folder will sync to any of the computers, phones, and tablets where you've also installed the Dropbox application. All you need to do is sign in to the app using the same email address and password across all of your devices. Files in your Dropbox folder are also automatically synced online and available anywhere you need them from dropbox.com. Files uploaded directly to dropbox.com will also save directly to your Dropbox folder. Once they're in your Dropbox folder, you can use them just like you would anywhere else on your hard drive, even if you're offline.

Dropbox Business or team users

If you've connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, Dropbox will create two separate folders in your home folder. Your work folder will be labeled with the name of your team in parentheses, while your personal folder will have the label Personal in parentheses.

For a shortcut to either folder, click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar or system tray. Click the home icon to open your personal Dropbox folder, or click the briefcase icon to open your work Dropbox folder.

For a shortcut to your Dropbox folder, click the Dropbox icon in your system tray and select Open Dropbox folder.

Anything you put in this folder will sync to any of the computers, phones, and tablets where you've also installed the Dropbox application. All you need to do is sign in to the app using the same email address and password across all of your devices. Files in your Dropbox folder are also automatically synced online and available anywhere you need them from dropbox.com. Files uploaded directly to dropbox.com will also save directly to your Dropbox folder. Once they're in your Dropbox folder, you can use them just like you would anywhere else on your hard drive, even if you're offline.

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For our advanced users

To go straight to your Dropbox folder's default location from Windows Explorer, copy and paste the following line into the address bar:

%HOMEPATH%\Dropbox

If you've changed the location of your Dropbox folder, you can access your current location settings from the Dropbox desktop application preferences.

Dropbox Business users: If your personal and work Dropboxes are connected, you'll need to specify which Dropbox you're trying to reach. For example, if your company name is Pepo, you would specify either ~/Dropbox (Personal) to reach your personal Dropbox or ~/Dropbox (Pepo) to open your work Dropbox.

To go straight to your Dropbox folder's default location from Finder:

  1. Open Finder and select Go to folder... from the Go menu (or press shift-command-G)
  2. A dialog box should appear. Now copy and paste the following line into the box and press the return key:
    ~/Dropbox/

If you've changed the location of your Dropbox folder, you can access your current location settings from the Dropbox desktop application preferences.

Dropbox Business users: If your personal and work Dropboxes are connected, you'll need to specify which Dropbox you're trying to reach. For example, if your company name is Pepo, you would specify either ~/Dropbox (Personal) to reach your personal Dropbox or ~/Dropbox (Pepo) to open your work Dropbox.

To go straight to your Dropbox folder's default location, open a terminal and type:

cd ~/Dropbox

If you've changed the location of your Dropbox folder, you can access your current location settings from the Dropbox desktop application preferences.