Even quicker sharing from the desktop

Posted by Dwayne Litzenberger on June 13, 2013

This post will be as quick and simple as the feature, we promise:

Once upon a time, we came up with a cool new way to share links. But after our team used it for a while (believe it or not, we use Dropbox here pretty frequently), we didn’t think it was quite there.

So we made it faster! Now when you want to share a link to any doc, photo, folder, or any of your stuff in Dropbox, just right-click it, and select “Share Dropbox Link”. A second later you’ll get a bubble telling you the link is in your clipboard. Just Control-v or Command-v to paste your link wherever you want, and you’re good to go.

Quick sharing on desktop

Happy sharing!

63 Comments to Even quicker sharing from the desktop

Flo
June 13, 2013

soooooo great and easy to use! :)

Aryan
June 13, 2013

aah new update love it :)

Aaron Shekey
June 13, 2013

The bubble assumes you have Dropbox notifications turned on, yes? I suggest renaming the feature “Copy Dropbox Link”. Users who don’t have notifications turned on (for good reason) won’t get any affordance or confirmation for an action titled “Share Dropbox Link”. It appears broken, especially after it used to spawn a browser window.

Lenin
June 13, 2013

For notifications turned off, it should show a alert box or something.

Pietro Rampini
June 13, 2013

Good!

Jayremixer
June 13, 2013

I’m liking it a lot. Any reason why my mac pro has adopted that, but my macbook pro hasn’t? Same OS

Jim Leszczynski
June 13, 2013

Noticed this new feature the other day — was incredibly happy to see it done. I’d love to see some preferences to shorten the links!

Peter
June 13, 2013

What about when this overwrites something important that’s buffered on your clipboard? I strongly agree with Aaron’s suggestion to rename it to “Copy Dropbox Link”.

Gordon Higelmire
June 13, 2013

The file still needs to be fully synced before the link is available, correct?

Samizdata
June 13, 2013

I believe I have had that feature under Linux for a long while, actually.

LaurentD
June 13, 2013

indeed far better than previous mean

boioglu
June 13, 2013

I’ve done it with a folder and it works before all the files are synced. As expected, the other filess will only show up in the folder online when they get synced.

Gordon Higelmire
June 13, 2013

but for an individual file, that file still needs to sync before the link can be generated, right?

Nick
June 13, 2013

Wish it would allow me to copy the link even if the file is still uploading! Would be nice to email the client the link (telling them to wait x number of mins) and walk away from my computer. Especially on 2gb file uploads! :)

Gordon Higelmire
June 13, 2013

minbox does this. http://minbox.com

boioglu
June 13, 2013

Just tried that now for a single file.

It appears the file doesn’t need to be synced. The link works. But when you click on it is says “the File is uploading”. See below screenshot:

http://imgur.com/ExL6B0w.png

Connor Dugandzic
June 13, 2013

I’ve had this for a while, unless they’ve updated it. It’s great though.

Pedro
June 13, 2013

that’s not new, right?

Serenity de Clare
June 13, 2013

Why can we not simply right click and choose ‘send to Dropbox’ instead of all this? This seems quite a lot still. Plus you guys need to come up with something so we have an option to send something to our subfolders within Dropbox, not just the main Dropbox itself. The way you have it set up now is time consuming and cumbersome.
Thank you.

DAOWAce
June 13, 2013

Cool, now to fix the desktop client to stop it from hanging Explorer and giving us an option to bypass that stupid drag&drop right click option and get the traditional Windows menu directly.

Fernando Scheps
June 13, 2013

And here I was, thinking that Dropbox would offer what Copy does, syncing any folder on any location by just dropping a shortcut of it into Dropbox container, check my review on copy in my blog: http://www.itcentralpoint.com by the way you can get a 20 gb account for free using my link and you get 5 gb extra for each referral without limit, I already have almost 600gb all free.

DAOWAce
June 13, 2013

Not for Windows.

Andreas Norman
June 13, 2013

you can use symlinks (almost like shortcuts) to backup any folder on your computer to Dropbox

Danni Efraim
June 13, 2013

A blatant plug here, if that may be allowed. If you’re using a Mac and you want to be able to share anything from anywhere (includes stuff in other apps and stuff generally not already in your Dropbox folder) quickly using Dropbox by simply dragging it onto, try Swiftdrop: http://swiftdrop.compiled.se

It’s free until the end of June!

Hugo Dias
June 13, 2013

Humm what about making Dropbox not hang my computer when indexing or starting? That’s more useful than this…

Nick
June 13, 2013

Doesn’t on mac for me. Just says the file isn’t uploaded yet so the link can’t be copied :(

Nathan Lee
June 13, 2013

YES! Thank you, I will use this EVERYDAY!

Roi
June 13, 2013

ge.tt does this, and the client can download while ur uploading

coalwater
June 13, 2013

I use this way on my linux computer to backup all my configurations and share them between my computers, very useful

Simon
June 13, 2013

Why not copy & share the shortened version of the link (db.tt)? I don’t like sharing long URLs…

Arne
June 13, 2013

No it isn’t.. I’m using it for a long time already..

paolodt
June 13, 2013

It doesn’t work with Path Finder .. :(

veronikiwaykiki
June 13, 2013

I love to upload pics from fb to my computer. ..only 4 me

Jerry
June 13, 2013

Is this for Mac only? If not, what version of Dropbox supports this for Windows or Mac?

Prescott Perez-Fox
June 13, 2013

An excellent and welcomed feature. Now if only the URL wasn’t so long, showing the full path. I’d love one of those db.tt links right from this menu. Is that an option somewhere?

Chris Vartavarian
June 13, 2013

Love the fact that the link is automatically placed into your clipboard. Makes sharing a picture via chat so much faster :)

Marcos Tobón Giraldo
June 13, 2013

I would truly like this (as well as the photo import tool) to be available on Linux. Will it be coming sometime soon?

PD: thanks for the great feature :D

Marcos Tobón Giraldo
June 13, 2013

May I ask how? Linux Mint 15 here, and it still opens up firefox every time…

James
June 13, 2013

Are you going to set up a short cut menu to “send to PRISM” to make things even easier for the NSA? How safe are our documents?

webtax
June 13, 2013

you good sires, just won the internet

Lindsay
June 13, 2013

yay, been waiting for this for ages =D

kodi
June 13, 2013

just when I thought it couldn’t get any better

Dante
June 13, 2013

Yes, please. Maybe with Shift pressed (from the context and systray menus).

Sabin
June 13, 2013

Yu can alaway put up a second layer of security over your data. Have a look at http://www.boxcryptor.com which works with dropbox

Bill
June 13, 2013

I think it only works in their experimental builds right now.

Bill
June 13, 2013

Try it with notifications off. It displays the notification anyway.

Lenin
June 14, 2013

Okay

jmes7
June 14, 2013

Brilliant :-)

Дмитрий Кривенко
June 14, 2013

Unfortunately, still no support *.odt(((

tom@fosfor.be
June 14, 2013

would be great to see that we can share folders that are not in the main Dropbox folder but somewhere underneath another. Are you working on this?

Matthew
June 14, 2013

Awesome, it just works! Loving it!

Paul Nieman
June 14, 2013

Brilliant – thank you dropbox team.

Mark Agle
June 14, 2013

you guys copy this function from Yunio.com…..LOL

Luis
June 14, 2013

And this works with any file or it needs to be in the “public” folder? Also, anyone can download the file or ge also needs to have Dropbox?

Samizdata
June 14, 2013

Not sure. Ubuntu Raring x64 here.

cjwworld
June 14, 2013

The file does not have to be in your Public folder but as long as it is in your Dropbox folder, it would work. Also, anyone that you send the link can download the file, even if they do not have Dropbox installed

sarian45
June 14, 2013

Nice feature, but because of PRISM i cannot trust you anymore. Sorry guys i love you but i am concerned about the security of my files. So i had to went off zu Wuala.

Joe Klemmer
June 14, 2013

When shall this functionality be available for Linux (specifically Red Hat/Fedora)?

Illustrative
June 14, 2013

Nice addition, Dropbox. Love your work!

Алексей Байда
June 15, 2013

think you mean Gnome->Nautilus ;)

GVPROF
June 15, 2013

Gotta Love the Link! I use it all the time

Joe Klemmer
June 16, 2013

True, but specifically an rpm as opposed to a deb.