(Note: we used the operating system OS X Lion when building these steps, so you may experience this process differently if you are using another version of OS X)
Step 1: Signing Up for Dropbox on a Mac
2) Enter your first name on the right side of the webpage.
3) Enter your last name
4) Enter your email
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) Locate the downloaded file named “Dropbox.dmg”
Note: If you’re using Safari, the downloaded file should appear in Safari’s download folder, which you can access by clicking the download icon in the top right hand corner of the browser window. If it does not appear there, you can alternatively find it in your computer’s download folder.
3) Open the file “dropbox.dmg” to start the installer.
4) Double click on the blue Dropbox icon in the new window.
5) If a window appears asking if you want to open the Dropbox application, click “open”.
6) On the next screen that appears, click the option that says, “I already have a Dropbox account”, then press “Continue”.
7) Fill in the email and password boxes with the account information you created in Section 1, then press “Continue”.
8) In the following window, select the option “2GB”, then press “Continue”.
Note: 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.
9) The next screen will ask you to “Choose setup type”. As the installer recommends, choose the option “Typical”.
10) The following window helps you connect your account with your smartphone. If you would like to do this, you can either enter your information on this screen now, or go look at our iPhone set up instructions later.
Note: if you choose to set it up now, enter your cell phone number into the box provided.
11) The following window offers you a tour of Dropbox. These instructions will cover the same information in closer detail, so select the option “Skip Tour” and then press “Finish”.
Step 3: How to Use Dropbox on Your Desktop (cont.)
2) Click on the Dropbox icon.
Step 4: How to Use Dropbox on Your Desktop (cont.)
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 5: How to Use Dropbox on Your Desktop (cont.)
Step 6: How to Create or Delete Folders on Your Mac
Step 7: How to Create or Delete Folders on Your Mac (cont.)
1) Rename the untitled folder if desired.
2) To delete the folder, hold control and click on the desired folder.
3) Select the option "move to trash"
Warning: This will remove the folder and all of its contents from your Dropbox account, and you will be unable to access it on any computer or device. 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 reload to the cloud. See step 8 for how to drag files and folders to your Dropbox to upload.
Step 8: Uploading Files and Folders to Your Dropbox
2) Drag any file or folder––either from your desktop or another folder––and drop it within your opened Dropbox folder.
Note: If you want to send the file to a specific folder within your Dropbox folder, simply drag and drop the file inside the specific folder.
Step 9: Confirming 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 again and check to see that it says, “All files up to date”.
Step 10: Adjusting Your Dropbox Settings
2) Select the option “Preferences...”
A new preferences window should appear.
Step 11: Uploading Files and Folders to Your Dropbox (cont.)
For example, you can choose whether or not you want the Dropbox application to start up when you start your computer.