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Interested in using the cloud-saving service Dropbox on your windows computer? Get started by following these steps!

(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)
 
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Step 1: Signing up for Dropbox on Windows

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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

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1) Click “Download Dropbox” on the left side of the webpage.

2) Click “Run” on the pop-up on the bottom of your screen (image above).

Step 3: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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A new window may appear asking if you want to allow changes to this computer. Click “Yes”.
             • This allows your computer to accept Dropbox and download the installer.

Step 4: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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Click “Install” on the next window.
          • Your computer will now begin the installation process.

Step 5: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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On the next screen that appears, click the option that says, “I already have a Dropbox account”.You will use the account information you created in Step 1 of this instructable, so make sure you have that ready. 

Step 6: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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Select the option “2GB” on the next window that emerges. If you desire more space for your Dropbox account, you can opt to pay for 100-200 GB of additional space. You can apply this upgrade to your account at any time, though these instructions will not cover that process.

Step 7: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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The next screen will ask you to “Choose setup type”. As the installer recommends, choose "Typical".

Step 8: Downloading and Installing Dropbox (cont.)

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The following window helps you connect your account with your smartphone. You can either set that up on this screen now, or, if you have an iPhone, you can go take a look at our iPhone Dropbox instructable some other time.

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

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First, locate the Dropbox icon within the bottom right section of your taskbar.


Cassie Mae1 year ago
These were well written instructions. The use of bold and italics really helped with figuring out what was important. Also, letting the reader know that your instructions will not cover certain options is important, nice detail with that. Nice use of the images and the amount of text was not overwhelming.
xebm16 hours ago

What is dropbox? how to install ? follow this

http://itrepairguide.com/dropbox-uses/

kase3131 year ago
I appreciated that you included the piece about knowing whether or not the Dropbox had actually synced and was up to date. Although I already have a Dropbox, I found myself checking it on two different devices to make sure everything transfered.

Kacey Nelson - English 313
The instructions are clear and thorough. The use of pictures was also very helpful. It's a little bit lengthy, but it is understandable.
prajguru1 year ago
Nice job with the instructions! For uploading files, it may be helpful to also illustrate how files can be uploaded via the internet, such as in the case if an individual does not have Dropbox installed on the computer. Efficient use of the image space.