Tune Up Dropbox client like a Pro

I’ve recently read the fact announced by Dropbox that “Over 175 million people save over 1 billion files to Dropbox each day” which is a fabulous number! The popularity of this internet service which offers free cloud-based storage for personal use is becoming more and more popular each day: you can store any type of files, create web albums, use it as collaboration tool etc.
For those who still don’t have their own Dropbox account they may open it hereOpens in a new tab..

For existing users let’s see what you can do with the configuration settings in order to use Dropbox more effectively:
– Reallocate Dropbox folder
– Dropbox selective sync
– Set bandwidth limits
– Proxy settings for Dropbox

Reallocate Dropbox folder

Basically, by installing a Dropbox client on your computer (it is also supported on mobile devices), a folder named “My Dropbox” is created under “My Documents”, which is on C: drive, by default.
If your hard drive is partitionedOpens in a new tab. you can consider moving the Dropbox folder to the second partition – this is one way how to avoid sluggishnessOpens in a new tab. especially if you deal with a big data volume on a daily basis.

Dropbox system tray right click and Gear menu

First right click the Dropbox icon in the system tray, then the “gear” button and finally in Preferences navigate to the Advanced tab. Click Move and choose the place where you would want to move it:

Dropbox Preferences Advanced

Dropbox Selective Sync

In “Selective Sync” you can choose which folders or subfolders you want to sync and which ones to exclude.

Dropbox Selective Sync

Set bandwidth limits

You have a choice whether to limit or not to limit the download and upload rates. If you have a stable internet link with high throughput and want to achieve as fast as possible synchronization then choose “don’t limit”. Otherwise, set your own limits, especially if you watch or listen streamed movies, documentaries or music.

Dropbox Bandwidth Limits

Proxy settings for Dropbox

This option is usually utilized in firms where System Administrators manage Network and Internet security by using a proxy server – which means that maybe not all protocols and not all applications will be allowed to pass through. Therefore, you may ask for exception by requesting details for the specified proxy server.

Dropbox Preferences Proxies

All in all, Dropbox offers to us decent configurable options, but one thing that is maybe missing is the option to choose your own folders outside the Dropbox folder.

Milan Mihajlov

Milan is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in Software Testing, IT Support and System Engineering. With a keen interest in AI, Smart Home technology, and useful software utilities, Milan brings a unique perspective to the ever-evolving world of technology. Through his expertise and passion, he aims to share insights and help readers navigate the complexities of modern tech seamlessly. Follow me for the latest trends, tips, and innovations in the digital landscape.

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