The Dropbox desktop experience

The Dropbox desktop experience provides one organized place that brings work into focus and keeps you in sync—right from your desktop.

With features like overviews, descriptions, to-dos, comments, pins, and sharing tools, the desktop app lets you turn any folder into a connected workspace.

With Dropbox, your desktop is also a place to organize your files and folders, create cloud content, share and collaborate with others, and see your file activity and notifications.

How to: desktop app

Download and install the Dropbox desktop app

Follow these simple steps to download and install Dropbox on your computer.

1. Download the desktop app on your computer.
2. Once installed, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Dropbox account credentials. You should use the same email address and password that you use on (this will be the same for all your devices).
3. Once Dropbox is installed on your computer, you’ll see the desktop app as well as a Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) and a Dropbox folder on your hard drive.

The Dropbox desktop app is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

Visit this article if you are running Windows 10 in S mode.
Find more information on Dropbox compatibility with your operating system.
How to change desktop app preferences on your computer.
What to do if Dropbox won't install.

Add a file to your Dropbox account

You can add nearly any kind of file to your Dropbox account in several ways. From the desktop app:

1. Drag and drop the file into the desktop app or the Dropbox folder on your hard drive.
2. Select the Dropbox folder when using the Save As option in most applications.

Note: If you add lots of files at once, it may take a while for the initial upload to complete.

Check file updates and notifications from your system tray or menu bar

The Dropbox icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) gives you quick access to recent files, notifications, and app preferences. Simply click the icon to see updates or change settings.

1. The For you tab shows a personalized list of your files and folders including Your highlights, your Starred files and folders, and your calendar events and meetings.
2. The Recent tab shows files that were recently opened and/or edited. 
3. The Notifications tab shows recent activity on your Dropbox files and files that have been shared with you. Notifications are also available as pop-ups on your desktop.
4. From the Dropbox icon, you can also:
- Search for content in your Dropbox account
- Create a web-based file in Dropbox Paper, Microsoft Office, or G Suite
- Open Dropbox Paper on your computer
- Open in your web browser
- Open the desktop app or Dropbox folder on your computer, depending on your settings
- Review and update your app settings and preferences


Open the Dropbox folder in your file system instead of the desktop app

When you install the desktop app, a Dropbox folder is created on your hard drive. It works like any other folder on your file system, but any files you move or create here will be uploaded to the Dropbox cloud. 

To use the Dropbox folder in Finder or File Explorer instead of the desktop app:
1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar
2. Click your avata (profile picture or initials) in the top-right corner.
3. Click Preferences.
4. Click the dropdown next to Open folders in: and choose Finder or File Explorer.