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How to Sync (the same file) between the Dropbox App and the Desktop?

How to Sync (the same file) between the Dropbox App and the Desktop?

HVS
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  • I wish to place on my desktop screen a copy or a "duplicate" file of an Excel file that exists within my Dropbox Folder and be able to edit it from there, as opposed to edit it within the Dropbox App.
  • This will save me a lot of mouse clicks by opening and editing that Excel file with only one click from my desktop, whereas if I must go to my Dropbox folder, I must click on the File Manager (or open it from the taskbar link), click to open the folder, click to open the subfolder and finally click on the file!
  • If I just "Copy-Paste" the Excel file from my Dropbox App to my Desktop screen, no changes that are made on the desktop file will be reflected within Dropbox...
  • Can someone suggest me a way of solving that question, please? - Thank you. 
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Rich
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@HVS wrote:

Yes, indeed, that's what I want: - I simply don't know how to do it...


Do a Google search for "[your OS] how to create a Desktop shortcut" and replace [your OS] with Windows, macOS, Linux, etc., based on whatever operating system you're using.

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Rich
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@HVS wrote:

I wish to place on my desktop screen a copy or a "duplicate" file of an Excel file that exists within my Dropbox Folder and be able to edit it from there, as opposed to edit it within the Dropbox App.


Dropbox doesn't sync with files located outside of your Dropbox folder. If you truly want a duplicate of the file and want it to sync back to the original, you'd need to look at a third-party tool (such as SyncToy) to handle the syncing, separate from Dropbox.

 


This will save me a lot of mouse clicks by opening and editing that Excel file with only one click from my desktop, whereas if I must go to my Dropbox folder, I must click on the File Manager (or open it from the taskbar link), click to open the folder, click to open the subfolder and finally click on the file!

If your goal is to reduce the time to open the file, why not just create a shortcut to the file on your Desktop. You don't need a separate copy of the file on your Desktop. A shortcut is just a pointer that when clicked, opens the original file in its original location.

HVS
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Thank you Rich, for your information.

You said that: "If your goal is to reduce the time to open the file, why not just create a shortcut to the file on your Desktop. You don't need a separate copy of the file on your Desktop. A shortcut is just a pointer that when clicked, opens the original file in its original location."

Yes, indeed, that's what I want: - I simply don't know how to do it...can you please help me on that and give me a short instruction for it?

With kind regards,

Henrique Silva

Rich
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@HVS wrote:

Yes, indeed, that's what I want: - I simply don't know how to do it...


Do a Google search for "[your OS] how to create a Desktop shortcut" and replace [your OS] with Windows, macOS, Linux, etc., based on whatever operating system you're using.

HVS
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Right. It worked, thank you!

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