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Share files and folders from Dropbox

Suppose you have files in a folder on Dropbox and want to share the files (or the entire folder) with a client, colleague or friend.

There are a couple ways of doing this. Some make it as simple for the recipient as clicking on a link and viewing or downloading the files. Others turn the whole experience into frustration and failure.

Share from the Dropbox site using your browser

Go to and log in.
Click Files on the left side of the home screen.

Then, to share a folder:

To share a file:
Follow the same instructions as above to get to the Files page, then

Dropbox can't share multiple files in one go, so if you've got several files to share, it might be simplest to create a new folder, copy or move the files into it, then share the folder.

Share from the Dropbox folder on your computer

The process is pretty much the same as it is from within your browser:

Why not just enter the recipient's address and let Dropbox send the email?

IF you know that the recipent has a Dropbox account AND you know the email address they use to log in to their account, this method is quick and easy, but it will force the recipient to log in to Dropbox to retrieve the files/folder you've sent.

A minor irritation if they remember their log in details, a somewhat bigger nuisance if they have to go look them up.

If you use the wrong email address for them or if they don't have a Dropbox account, they may not be able to log in or may have to create a new account. Remember that many people use multiple email addresses. The email address you have for them may not be the email address they use for Dropbox, so if you let Dropbox send them the link email, it won't work.

None of this is a problem if you use the Create a link option described above. Be kind. Use it instead.

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Share files and folders from Dropbox
Last update 12 July, 2018
Created: 21 August, 2017