A share link with ?dl=0 at the end will open in the preview page. This is the default behavior of a share link.
A share link with ?dl=1 at the end will force your browser to download the file. Either the browser will immediately start the download, or it will prompt the user to download the file.
A share link with ?raw=1 at the end will tell your browser to handle the file as it sees fit; either display in the browser, open in a configured application, or present it for download. Using this option you can display, for instance, an inline image in a forum post.
How can I share a Dropbox folder with "anybody" while Dropbox demands a user with a specific email?
A shared folder (where the people you invite can also edit the files within it) requires a Dropbox account. This is why a specific email address is needed. If you want to share a file or folder with anyone that has the link to it, where they would be able to view and/or download the content, you want to use a share link. A Dropbox account is not required for a share link. You can simply copy the link to the folder and post it wherever you want. Be mindful of the limits associated with share links.
When the file is in this shared folder, how can I retrieve its URL?
A file does not have to be in a shared folder to generate a link to it. You can create a share link to any file in your account. Review the links I posted above to see the differences, and how to create the links. Reply back if you have further questions.
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