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Dropbox In 30 Minutes

Book Description

What is Dropbox, and how can you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet? In Dropbox In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition), award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont uses step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and a touch of humor to explain everything from basic Dropbox installation steps to best practices for Dropbox sharing. In a single sitting, this quick and easy guide will help you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet. The second edition of this popular Dropbox book includes updated chapters as well as additional sections describing new Dropbox features of the Dropbox application for Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, the Dropbox app for iOS devices (including the Dropbox app for iPhones and iPads), and the Dropbox app for Android phones and tablets. The Dropbox manual also covers many useful features of Dropbox.com for backing up, sharing, and recovering files. In addition, the book's popular Dropbox FAQ has been expanded.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. What people are saying...
  3. Copyright information
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Chapter 1: Getting started with the Dropbox application and mobile apps
    1. Dropbox requirements: It works practically anywhere!
    2. Technical requirements
    3. Installing Dropbox
      1. Windows 7 and older Windows operating systems
      2. Windows 8/Windows 10
      3. Macs
    4. How to install Dropbox on a mobile device
    5. Opening Dropbox on a mobile device
    6. Signing in to Dropbox for the first time
    7. The Dropbox icon
    8. Quitting the Dropbox app
    9. Preferences and Selective Sync
    10. Pros and cons of the Dropbox website
  7. Chapter 2: Getting down to business: files and folders
    1. How Dropbox works
    2. How Dropbox works on mobile devices
    3. How to create a new file
    4. How to place an existing file in Dropbox
    5. Working with folders/groups of files
      1. How to create a new Dropbox folder in a Windows PC or Mac
      2. How to create a folder from the Dropbox website
      3. Working with existing folders/groups of files
    6. Opening a file or folder from a second computer
      1. How to work with multiple computers
  8. Chapter 3: Going mobile: Dropbox on smartphones and tablets
    1. Why Dropbox syncing is limited on mobile apps
    2. Dropbox and Camera Upload
    3. Previewing and editing files on a mobile device
    4. Dropbox on a phone vs. Dropbox on a tablet
    5. Navigating the Dropbox mobile app
    6. Android interface and icons
    7. iOS interface and icons
    8. Accessing offline files
  9. Chapter 4: Dropbox sharing and collaboration
    1. Limited sharing via links
      1. How to share links from a computer
      2. How to share links from the Dropbox website
    2. How to share Dropbox links from a mobile device
      1. iOS and Android
    3. How to kill links that you have already shared
    4. Collaboration with shared folders
      1. Collaboration from the Dropbox website
    5. How sharing works
      1. Syncing shared folders
      2. Reverting to a previous version of a shared file
      3. Conflicted copies
    6. Managing shared storage space
      1. How to check shared folder storage space
      2. Tips for managing shared storage
      3. How to unshare or leave shared folders
  10. Chapter 5: The unofficial Dropbox FAQ
    1. How can I get free storage on Dropbox?
    2. How is Dropbox different from OneDrive, Google Drive, and iCloud?
    3. How secure is Dropbox?
    4. What is Dropbox Paper?
    5. Dropbox and the DMCA
    6. Syncing contacts
    7. Why should I link my Facebook account to Dropbox?
    8. What happens when I quit the Windows or Mac Dropbox applications?
    9. How can I permanently delete a file in Dropbox?
    10. How do I delete my Dropbox account?
    11. How can I restore a deleted file?
    12. How can I revert my Dropbox account to a date in the past?
    13. What does the Screenshots feature do?
    14. What are Dropbox comments?
    15. Dropbox seems to be taking a long time to sync. What gives?
    16. Why do I have a “Public” folder in my Dropbox account?
    17. What happens if two users simultaneously edit the same Dropbox file?
    18. Are Dropbox Plus accounts worth the extra cost?
    19. What is Dropbox Business?
    20. What are third-party Dropbox apps?
  11. A message and a request from the author
  12. About the author
  13. Index
  14. Bonus book introductions
    1. Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes
    2. Crowdfunding Basics In 30 Minutes
    3. LinkedIn In 30 Minutes