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How to move photos and files out of dropbox and on to my PC

How to move photos and files out of dropbox and on to my PC

Larry M.
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I recently set up my Ipad and Iphone to upload photos to my dropbox account. This has resulted in my dropbox account being full. I do not need all of these photos backed up in dropbox nor do I need to access them from my dropbox account. I would like to move them to a folder on my Pc (running Vista). That way they will be available in the future should I need them, but will not be taking up space in my dropbox account. But I can't figure out how to do this. In the help knowledge base it tells my how to remove them from dropbox, but then says this does not remove them from my account. So bottom line. How does one reduce the number of photos (files) to allow future uploads to Dropbox? The photos are also in the carousel?

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sales w.
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In Windows 7 you open the dropbox that is installed on your desktop and open another window explorer window and just copy and paste. 

Anita L.1
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Thank you so much Kay C and Margaret H.  Worked for me after spending days and days trying to do this from the Drop Box on IE without any luck.

Shiloh N.
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yes

Shiloh N.
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why

Tony W.16
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Hi guys,

 

I just got notified that the "good will" extra data will be going on my account soon. So I have found out how to MOVE your files from DBox to your pc. Obvoiusly this will depend on how much Hard drive space you have and how much space you are using in Dbox. 

1) open exporer then find your dropbox folder.

2) open a second explorer by right clicking the explorer icon and opening another window. 

3) in the 2nd window find the folder on your pc that you want to move your stuff to.

4) Select everything in your dropbox folder by single clicking the fist file/folder the going to the last file/folder and with the SHIFT key pressed click the last file/folder.

5) RIGHT click on any of the selected files and drag then to the folder you want to move them to.

6) when the menu appears select MOVE.

 

Depending on how many file/folders and their sizes it could take a bit of time, but the end result is your folders/files are now on your pc. You can even watch this happening by logging into your Dropbox on the web and see them disappearing. 

Hope this helps. It took me a while to finally find this through experimenting. lol

 

🙂

 

 

Jill V.3
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Dropbox works by syncing your computer and your phone. This means that Dropbox creates a folder in your computer's hard drive to which it downloads all the pics from other devices. When you go into Dropbox and copy or download the pics you want to save on your computer you are being redundant because they are already there. If you want them in a different file simply locate the Dropbox file on your hard drive then move the files into the new folder or sub folder you have created wherever you want it, I.e in Document, Pictures, etc. Dropbox did not create a simple way to get the pics off the Dropbox software (by copying or downloading or any other method) because it is completely not necessary because the pics are already in a file on your computer's hard drive. Hope this resolves the confusion.

chrisd
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You used to be able to move files to pc by just rt clicking on top photo, down to bottom photo, rt click to copy and paste on pc, then go back and delete. Now you cant do that. Moving files takes individual moves which can take a long time. What is the easiest way to move say 100 files to your pc?
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