How To Open Dropbox Files In File Explorer

Dropbox is one of the popular cloud storage services that allows you to store your files on the cloud and access them later on even on a different device. The free and basic plan allows you a storage capacity of up to 2GB while premium plans provide more storage space. If you use this service and you want to open Dropbox files in File Explorer of Windows 10 then here’s what you need to do.

Add Dropbox to the Windows 10 File Explorer

One of the quickest ways to access your files stored in Dropbox is by opening it from the File Explorer. To do this you will first need to download the Dropbox desktop application from https://www.dropbox.com/downloading. After installing the software you need to set it up so that it will integrate with File Explorer.

Access Dropbox files in File Explorer

The default setting of the Dropbox desktop application is for the saved folders to open using File Explorer. If somehow this setting has changed then here’s how you can revert to it.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Integrate Dropbox in File Explorer

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar.

    This can be found at the lower right side of the screen.Open Dropbox Files In File Explorer

  2. Click your profile picture or initials.

    This can be found in the upper right corner.Add Dropbox to the Windows 10 File Explorer

  3. Click Preferences…

    This is the third choice from the bottom.Dropbox preferences

  4. Click the dropdown next to Open folders in: and choose File Explorer.

    This will allow you to open your Dropbox files using File Explorer.open folders in file explorer

  5. Click the Apply then OK buttons.

    This will save the changes that you made.click apply and ok

Run Dropbox desktop application when Windows starts

To make your experience with this cloud storage service better it’s recommended that you let the application start automatically when Windows boots up.


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  • Click on the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar. 
  • Click your profile picture or initials.
  • Click Preferences.
  • In the General tab, check the “Start Dropbox on system startup” option to open Dropbox in your system tray/menu bar and sync files and folders in your Dropbox folder whenever you start your computer.

After performing the steps listed above you will successfully open Dropbox files in File Explorer.

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