Share Dropbox Folders with a Web Browser in Windows 8
Edited by Grimm, Amanda, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use your web browser on a Windows 8 computer to share a Dropbox folder with another user.
Locate a web browser. In this case, we're using Google Chrome. Simply give the icon one or two clicks, which will open up the Chrome web browser.
Enter "www.dropbox.com/home" in the address bar and press the Enter key. This will take us to the main Dropbox area. In our previous tutorials, we have shown how to create and delete a folder. In this case, we're going to be using a folder that we previously created, called "Active". There are several ways to initiate the process of sharing the folder.
Hover over the row containing the folder, and the border lines will darken. Click within this row, without actually clicking any text or icons. This will bring up a menu above and a "Share" button on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, right-click on the row containing the folder. This opens a dropdown menu with the "Share" option. Here, we can "Invite people to collaborate..." or we can "Send link...". Additionally, we have another option.
Click the share icon at the top of the screen. It looks like a little rainbow folder. For our purposes, it's quickest and easiest to simply right-click on our "Active" folder.
Click "Invite people to collaborate...". What this does is sends out an email link. We'll send the link to ourselves.
Type the recipient's email address in the field marked "Invite members to this folder".
Type a message in the field below. It prompts, "Add a message".
To change the permissions, press the blue arrow on the far right side of the email address field. Select "can edit" or "can view". The "can view" option means the person can see the contents of the folder, but cannot delete or change things from it. The "can edit" option means they can make changes. We will select "can edit", since we are sharing this with ourselves, and we might like to delete things we've added or move things that others have added.
Click one time on "Share folder". Note the progress bar as it updates.
Note the confirmation. There's a pop-up that tells us that "The shared folder "Active" is now in your Dropbox". We will see that the "Active" folder icon has now changed to have two little people on it. This indicates that the folder is shared.
Click on the folder icon or the folder title. This takes us into the actual folder.
Check the folder details. It shows the number of members, which in our case is "2 members". Each circular icon with initials represents one of the members. Hover over any of these icons to see permissions details and user email addresses.
This concludes our tutorial on using your web browser on a Windows 8 computer to share a folder from Dropbox with another person. If you have questions or comments about this tutorial, or any of our other Dropbox tutorials, please leave them in the section below. Thank you for using VisiHow, and have a great day.
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Recent edits by: Amanda, Grimm