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Links - what you need to know

Links - what you need to know

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Hello, and welcome to the Dropbox Community if this is your first time here 😁


If you’re new here, and you have a question you want to ask, you can do that here, just click ‘Start a discussion’, and Community members and Dropbox staff can help you out.
We see a lot of questions about copying and sharing links, so we wanted to make a definitive guide to using links with Dropbox. Whether it’s sharing access to a file in Dropbox, or sharing a link to a Paper doc, it never hurts to refresh on the different ways you can copy links, share access, or even pick up new tips and tricks to save you time. 

How to share a link from Dropbox

If you want to share a link to a file or folder from Dropbox, and send it to someone else, just follow these steps. 
  1. Sign in to, or open your Dropbox desktop app.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the name of the file or folder you'd like to share and right click, and select Share.
  4. Click Copy link.
  5. The link will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it to an email, a message or saved for your own use later.
A question we’ve gotten a few times is ‘where is the clipboard that a link is copied to?’ and the answer is - it’s invisible. Your link is waiting to be pasted, but isn’t visible until you paste it somewhere. 

How to share a link from your phone or tablet

If you need to share a a link when you’re on the move, or working from a mobile device, it’s almost the same, just follow these steps. 
  1. Navigate to the file or folder you want to share.
  2. Tap (ellipsis).
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Tap Create a link.
    • If a link was already shared to this file or folder, tap Share next to Anyone with the link can view.
  5. Select the way you'd like to share the link from the options.

Copying and sharing a link to a Dropbox Paper document:

1. If you want to share a Paper document with someone, you can click the ‘Share’ button at the top of the screen, and copy the link there, or select the person you want to share the file with and they will be notified and given access.




2. To make it a little easier to share, you can also copy a link to a Paper document with one click, by pressing the little link symbol in the right hand corner of the document. If you paste this link to the paper document elsewhere in a Dropbox file, or an integrated app, it will appear in a neat format, with a + sign in front of it, rather than a huge url.2.png


3. Like any link on the internet, you can right click on the url of a Paper document, and select copy like you do anywhere else, however this link is only usable for you (it’s based on your account), so you can save it elsewhere if you want to access it later. 

Now that you’re a links expert, if you want to get into more of the Dropbox Community, do you want to? 
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