(Note: we primarily used Windows 8 when building these steps, so you may experience this process differently if you are using another version of Windows)
Step 1: Signing Up for Dropbox on Windows
1) Go to www.dropbox.com
2) Enter your first name on the right side of the webpage.
3) Enter your last name
4) Enter your email address
5) Create and enter a password.
6) Check box that says “I agree to Dropbox Terms”.
7) Click “Sign up.”
Step 2: Downloading and Installing Dropbox
2) Click “Run” on the pop-up on the bottom of your screen (image above).
Step 3: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
• This allows your computer to accept Dropbox and download the installer.
Step 4: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
• Your computer will now begin the installation process.
Step 5: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
Step 6: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
Step 7: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
Step 8: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)
When you are done, click on the option "Next" in the bottom right area of the window.
Step 9: How to Use Dropbox on the Windows Desktop
Step 10: How to Use Dropbox on the Windows Desktop (cont.)
2) Click on the option “Open Dropbox Folder".
Note: the picture used in this step depicts a Dropbox account with 6.5GB of space. Your account by default should only have 2GB. This is normal. If you wish to expand your space, see Step 6, or a follow this link to the official Dropbox FAQ that explains how to obtain more space (some of which is free!): https://www.dropbox.com/help/15/en
Step 11: How to Use Dropbox on the Windows Desktop (cont.)
Step 12: How to Create a Folder in Dropbox on Windows
2) Then select “Folder”. An untitled folder will appear.
3) Rename the untitled folder that appears if you desire.
Step 13: How to Delete a Folder Within Your Dropbox Folder
2) Select the option “delete”.
Warning: Deleting a folder inside your Dropbox folder will remove the folder and all of its contents from your online Dropbox account! You will be unable to access it from any computer or device afterwards. However, so long as you have not permanently deleted the folder from your trash bin, you can return it to your Dropbox folder and it will re-upload to the cloud. See steps 15- for how to drag files and folders to your Dropbox and simultaneously upload them to the cloud.
Step 14: How to Upload Files and Folders to Your Dropbox Folder
2) Drag any file or folder––either from your desktop or another folder––and drop it within your opened Dropbox folder.
• If you want to send the file to a specific folder within your Dropbox folder, simply drag and drop the file inside that specific folder.
Step 15: How to Confirm That Dropbox Has Saved Your Uploaded Files to the Cloud
2) To confirm that all files in your Dropbox folder have finished uploading to the cloud, click on the Dropbox icon and check to see that it says, “All files up to date”.
Step 16: How to Adjust Your Dropbox Preferences/Settings
2) Select the option “Preferences...”
Step 17: How to Adjust Your Dropbox Preferences/Settings (cont.)
For example, you can choose whether or not you want the Dropbox application to automatically start when you start up your computer.
Step 18: Finish
Check out our other Dropbox instructables to learn how to share a Dropbox folder with a friend and how to use Dropbox on a Mac or iPhone.