Dropbox is one of the best things you’ll ever install on your computer – and you might not even know all the tips and tricks related to it. It’s useful for just about everyone, from students who want to access important files wherever they are, to music lovers who just want to make sure that they always have access to their favorite tracks. There are a lot of different things you can do with Dropbox that will make it even more useful.
Sync Your Music Collection Across Multiple Computers
Dropbox is all about convenience. You can do a lot of things with it manually, but Dropbox lets you do it quickly and efficiently. For example, you could manually copy each and every music file you have to each computer, shuttling back and forth with a sad little USB. Or, you could put your music folder into your Dropbox folder and let it do that for you.
If you have iTunes, simply hold shift as you open it. If you do so, it will prompt select an iTunes library to use. Just pick the folder you moved into your Dropbox. When you’re at another computer, just do the same thing and you’ll have access to your music wherever you are.
Start Torrents From Wherever You Are Using uTorrent.
If you’ve ever seen a friend downloading something you want while you’re visiting, this neat trick might be what you seek. First, make a folder just for torrents inside your Dropbox. Then, open up uTorrent and select options. From there, click “Preferences” and select “Directories” from the menu. Look for “Automatically load .torrents from:” and click on the ellipsis. Find your newly made torrents folder in your Dropbox and select it. Now, if uTorrent is open, it will automatically start any torrent files placed in that folder – even if you put it there from across the world.
Use it as a Shared Folder for Team Use
Coordinating with other users can be a real chore, especially if you’ve been relying on email. Emails can rapidly snowball, and if you’re all working on the same file, you could end up losing progress simply because you accidentally opened an older copy. Dropbox allows you to share your files with co-workers in real-time, which allows for increased productivity. The best part is that due to how Dropbox works, bad revisions or accidental deletions can be reversed through the Dropbox interface.
Use it as Extra Blog Space
Webspace can get pretty expensive, especially for high traffic blogs. Fortunately, Dropbox can serve as extra space for images you’re going to use on your blog. The first thing you should do is to move any images you’ll be using to your public Dropbox. Then, right click on the image, move open the Dropbox menu, and click on “Copy Public Link.” Just use that link in your blog and you’ll be able to use the image.
Dropbox is an incredibly versatile tool. Whether you’re a student or a gamer, chances are that you’ll find these tips helpful.