How to add Dropbox to File Explorer

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • The Dropbox app is a small program that integrates with your File Explorer.
  • This allows you to feel as if Dropbox is just an extension of your PC.
  • For more great guides on this amazing cloud service, check out our dedicated Dropbox hub.
  • You can find even more guides on the subject if you visit our Storage page.
How can I add Dropbox to File Explorer

Dropbox is a cloud storage service you can utilize entirely within your web browser. However, you can also add a Dropbox folder to File Explorer. That folder will then sync with Dropbox so that you can drag-and-drop files into your cloud storage via Explorer.

There are also a few other ways you can integrate Dropbox with the Explorer file manager in Windows.


How can I integrate Dropbox with File Explorer?

1. Add the Dropbox app to Windows

  1. To add Dropbox to File Explorer, you’ll need the app for it.
    • If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, open the DB login page.
  2. Click the create an account page link.
  3. Fill in the required text boxes for the user account setup.
  4. After setting up an account, you’ll be prompted to download the Dropbox software.
    • Click Download Dropbox to do so.
  5. Then run the installer to add the Dropbox software to Windows.
  6. If you already have a DB account, but haven’t installed the software for it, open the Dropbox app’s download page in a browser.
    • Then you can download the app from there to install it.
  7. Press the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut for File Explorer.
  8. Now you’ll see a Dropbox folder on the left side of File Explorer’s window.
    • Click that Dropbox folder to open it.
      Dropbox folder add dropbox to file explorer
  9. Drag-and-drop files into the Dropbox folder to add them to your cloud storage.
  10. You can add new folders to Dropbox in Explorer by right-clicking within the DB folder and selecting
    • New. Then select the Folder option.
  11. To include Dropbox within File Explorer’s Quick access, right-click the DB folder and select Pin to Quick access.

Pin to Quick access add dropbox to file explorer


2. Change the Dropbox folder path

  1. You can change the path location of your Dropbox folder.
  2. To do so, click the Dropbox system tray icon to open its system tray menu.
    Dropbox system tray menu
  3. Click the Access and manage Dropbox settings button at the top right of that system tray menu.
  4. Select the Preferences option.
  5. Then click the Sync tab shown directly below.
    The Dropbox Preferences add dropbox to file explorer
  6. Click the Move button.
  7. Then select an alternative path for Dropbox on the Browse for Folder window, and click the OK button.
  8. Press the Apply button.

3. Add Dropbox to the Send to menu

To further enhance Dropbox’s File Explorer integration, add it to the Send to submenu on the context menu.

  1. To do that, open File Explorer.
  2. Enter %APPDATA%/Microsoft/Windows/Send To in File Explorer’s path bar, and press the Return key.
    • That path will open the SendTo folder shown directly below.
      SendTo folder add dropbox to file explorer
  3. Left-click the Dropbox folder on the left of File Explorer and hold the mouse button.
    • Then drag Dropbox into the SendTo folder, and release the left mouse button.
  4. Now you’ll find Dropbox on the Send to submenu.
    • Right-click a file in Explorer and select Send to on the context menu.
      Send to submenu add dropbox to file explorer
  5. Then select to move the file to Dropbox on the Send to menu.

Now your Dropbox cloud storage will be an extension to File Explorer. With Dropbox added to File Explorer, you can move files into and out from the cloud storage without opening a browser.


FAQ: Learn more about Dropbox and the File Explorer

  • What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a free cloud storage service that users can use to keep their private data safe without filling their hard drives. Its no wonder why it is considered one of the best cloud storage services.

  • What is the File Explorer?

The File Explorer is a browser that is part of the Windows OS, and you can use it to access all of the contents of your Windows PC.

  • What is the Dropbox app?

The Dropbox app is a program that you download, and it integrates with your File Explorer, looking as if your HDD’s storage has been extended.

However, you can gain the same benefits by simply getting a bigger HDD.