How to share files or folders in Dropbox

There are several ways to share the files and folders in your Dropbox account. Before you share, you need to decide if you want people to be able to edit your file, only view it, or if you need to collect files from someone.

Note: Users with individual Dropbox accounts need to explicitly add folders that you share with them to their Dropbox account. If you are a member of a Dropbox Business team, any personal folders that you share with other teammates will automatically be added to their Dropbox account. 

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How do I invite people to edit my files?

If you want the people you share with to be able to edit your files, you can share a folder with them. Changes to the contents inside a shared folder are synced with members of that folder almost instantly. It's a great solution to working together on large projects, sharing important family photos or documents, and any other collaborative effort.

Learn how to share a folder.

How do I invite people to view my files?

If you need someone to be able to see your files, but not edit them, you can send them a link to that file, or you can give them view-only permissions.

Share a link to a file or folder

When you share a link with someone, they can view the file or folder on dropbox.com. You can send a link by email, Facebook, Twitter, instant message, social networks, wherever you want. You can share these links with anyone, even if they don't have a Dropbox account.

The link opens as a preview on dropbox.com, and recipients can comment on the file.

Learn how to share a link to a file or folder.

Give view-only permissions to a file or folder

When you give someone view-only permissions to a file or folder, they are invited to that file or folder. The recipient has access to the file or folder in their own Dropbox account.

Learn how to give someone view-only permissions to a file or folder.

How do I collect files from people?

You can collect files from people by creating a file request. Give the request a name and send the link to anyone you want to collect files from. People submitting files don’t need a Dropbox account.

Learn how to create a file request.

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