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Automatic update

Explorer | Level 3

please tell me how to ensure that if i add a new file in my hard drive that autmatically gets updated in my dropbox folder too

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Re: Automatic update

Dropboxer

Hi @Lajja31, thanks for joining the Community!

 

Are you referring to adding a file anywhere on your hard drive, or are you specifically adding it into the Dropbox folder on the machine and want it to sync to your account online?

 

Is the Dropbox desktop application installed and running in the system tray/menu bar?

 

Any other info or screenshots would be helpful!


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Re: Automatic update

Explorer | Level 3
Hello....thank you for the prompt response. I am talking about the folder in my hard drive. So if I add a new file in teh folder in my hard drive....can it automatically get updated in that folder in Dropbox as well ?

Re: Automatic update

Super User II

@Lajja31 wrote:
I am talking about the folder in my hard drive. So if I add a new file in teh folder in my hard drive....can it automatically get updated in that folder in Dropbox as well ?

As long as you're adding the new file to the Dropbox folder, and the Dropbox application is running, it will automatically sync that file to your account online. Dropbox can only monitor files and folders that are located within the Dropbox folder.

Re: Automatic update

Explorer | Level 3
Got that...thank you so much for clarifying. One last help please - so is there any way to do what I said. That I add or make changes in a file in my hard drive folder and that file gets updated/added in the dropbox folder? Or will I have to add that manually every time I make a change or add a new file...

Many thanks in advance....

Re: Automatic update

Explorer | Level 3
Got that...thank you so much for clarifying. One last help please - so is there any way to do what I said. That I add or make changes in a file in my hard drive folder and that file gets updated/added in the dropbox folder? Or will I have to add that manually every time I make a change or add a new file...

Many thanks in advance....

Automatic update of files

Explorer | Level 3

Is there any way to do this - I add or make changes in a file in my hard drive folder and that file gets updated/added in the dropbox folder? Or will I have to add that manually every time I make a change or add a new file...

Many thanks in advance....

Re: Automatic update of files

New member | Level 2

As far as I know you have to enable automatic sync in your Dropbox account. From there on all files are uploaded to your account and also updated if you make any changes from one device to all other devices you've signed into. 

 

 

Re: Automatic update of files

Explorer | Level 3
But that's only for paid subscriptions right ?

Re: Automatic update of files

Super User II

@Lajja31 wrote:

I add or make changes in a file in my hard drive folder and that file gets updated/added in the dropbox folder? Or will I have to add that manually every time I make a change or add a new file...


Dropbox only syncs files that are in your Dropbox folder*. If you're editing files elsewhere on your computer, then Dropbox will not automatically sync them and you'd have to copy them into the Dropbox folder manually. Instead, these files should be moved into your Dropbox folder. You can then work on them directly from that folder, and Dropbox will sync all changes as they're made.

 

This is how it works regardless of your account level; paid or free.

 

* With the automatic backup feature enabled, Dropbox also syncs the files in your Desktop, Documents and Download folder, however this occurs by Dropbox moving those locations into your Dropbox folder.

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