As you all know, there are many popular cloud storage tools that users like to use such as Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc. In this article, I will introduce you to Dropbox, how to create an account as well as how to use this tool. (Dropbox Storage Engine)
Table of Contents
– What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a free online image, file, text, … storage service developed in 2008 by the Dropbox company. The tool is compatible and easy to use on today’s popular operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and macOS,…
– Dropbox’s main feature
+ Help users store, edit, and share files, documents, and images, …
+ When a document is saved to Dropbox, it is backed up, if you accidentally delete the document, rest assured because Dropbox has stored the backup and easily restored the document. (Read more: Dropbox service)
+ Mark important files and easily access them quickly when needed.
+ The offline working feature makes it possible to continue working on files even without a network connection. This is extremely useful when you have network problems or have to constantly move without a 3G/4G connection.
+ Selective sync feature saves you significant storage space. You only need to select some important folders to back up your computer instead of choosing the whole thing.
+ The Dropbox Paper feature creates a workspace for groups so that you and your colleagues can transmit ideas and discuss online.
– Cost of use
Dropbox offers users two versions of the service, free and paid. For the free version, you will have a maximum storage capacity of 2GB to help store the most important files and documents.
In case you are a user of cloud storage services to store all your documents, the paid version of Dropbox Plus for individuals is the best choice. With the 2TB plan, you will pay $11.99/month (About 278 thousand VND/month).
However, when you buy a package by the year, the price will be $9.99/month (About 232,000 VND/month).
Dropbox also has many different service packages for homes, and businesses, … with many different prices.
How to register an account
– Step 1: Go to the Dropbox homepage
You visit dropbox.com to go to Dropbox’s homepage interface. Here, the interface will automatically display the Sign-up section so that users can register for an account. (Read more: Dropbox Store)
– Step 2: Sign up for an account
You fill in your basic information such as First name (First name), Last name (Surname), Email (Email address), and Password > Check the box I agree to the Dropbox Terms > Click Sign up.
How to use Dropbox in the browser
– Step 1: Visit the website
After you have a Dropbox account, click https://www.dropbox.com/login?src=logout to go to the login interface > Enter registered account > Click Sign in. (Read more: Install and Use Dropbox)
– Step 2: Use Dropbox
Some tools available on Dropbox that you need to know:
+ Upload files: Upload and store files.
+ Upload folders: Upload and store folders.
+ New folder: Create a new folder.
+ New shared folder: Create a new folder to share with others.
Besides, when you click the Create new file button, some other tools will appear such as:
+ Dropbox Paper: This tool works quite similarly to Google Docs, users can use it to edit documents online and share them with other users.
+ Microsoft Office tools: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for users to use.
+ Google Tools: Includes Docs, Sheets, and Slides similar to those of Microsoft Office.
How to Download and Use Dropbox on Your Computer
– Step 1: Download and install Dropbox on your computer
Click https://www.dropbox.com/downloading to download Dropbox. Once downloaded, go to the Downloads folder > Double-click the DropboxInstaller.exe file to proceed with the installation. (Read more: Google and Dropbox)
At this point, Dropbox will install on your computer.
You enter your Email and Password > Click Sign in to log in.
You click Next .
You choose how to sync data with Dropbox.
+ Make files local: Use local files – Download data from Dropbox and access it on your computer storage.
+ Make files online-only: Use files online – Use Dropbox Plus to access files online, saving space on your computer.
You can choose the sync type that suits your needs. As shown in the picture, I will choose the Make files local type > Click Continue with Basic.
You select the folders to sync with Dropbox > Click Set up.
You choose Continue With Basic. If you want to use the Dropbox Plus version then click Try Plus for free.
You wait a moment for Dropbox to synchronize the folders.
You click Go to Dropbox to go to the main interface of the software.
– Step 2: Use Dropbox
After installing, the Dropbox interface will look like the image below.
Here are some basic operations using Dropbox software that you need to know:
+ To upload a file, image, folder,… to Dropbox, simply copy and paste them into Dropbox.
+ To share a file in Dropbox, right-click the file > Select Share.
+ To copy the folder’s link and send it to others, right-click the file > Select Copy Dropbox Link.
Above is some information that you need to know about the Dropbox cloud storage service, how to register an account, how to use Dropbox on the browser as well as how to download and use Dropbox on your computer. Thank you for watching and see you in the next posts.
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