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Sharing large files is becoming increasingly easier, and even more so with this new update from Dropbox. The new update adds the ability to share any file or folder in your Dropbox with anyone, with just a few simple clicks.

Up until now, you could share your Dropbox content with other Dropbox users, or share the content of your public folder with non-Dropbox users. This is no longer the case. Now, all you have to do in order to share a folder is to access it using the Dropbox desktop client or the web interface, and from the Dropbox context menu choose “Get Link”. This will generate a public link for your content.

Using this method, you can share whole photo albums, documents, presentations, videos and entire folders with anyone, and even allow them to download the files to their own computer – all without them owning a Dropbox account. When they click the link, they’ll be directed to a Dropbox viewer where they can view images in a slideshow, browse through documents in read-only mode, etc.

The new feature exists in Dropbox’s mobile interface as well. Simply look for the link icon as seen below to generate your public link.

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While it’s now unnecessary for the people you share with to own a Dropbox account, they might still want to, in order to easily share themselves. In that respect, this is probably a smart move from Dropbox.

What do you think of the new feature?

Source: Dropbox

  1. Meg Smith
    August 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I'm not one to usually utilize these software / online packages that are file cabinets. HOWEVER. I just started back to school and needed a location that was easy to obtain from work, home, school, phone etc.. WOW...DROPBOX ROCKS~ My only negative comment is that it dosen't provide a lot of FREE space. i'm having to upgrade already and I'm only on week 2.

  2. Anandu B Ajith
    August 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    i just started DropBox

  3. vividvilla
    July 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thats cool...Drop makes it even better

  4. UD98
    June 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    thAT we actually need and dropbox should have given it to us a long time ago

    • Jerryfel
      July 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      I've been using that feature from Dropbox for years now. Oddly enough, you simply had to ask them for it. Odd because you had to know to ask.

  5. Amaad Mirza
    April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Hey friends

  6. Elijah Love
    April 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I think this has been around for a while. I used this feature back in October.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 24, 2012 at 5:59 am

      You could share a public link before, that's true, but you had to have the file in your Public folder for that, and the interface for non-Dropbox users was different as well.

      This just makes everything much more convenient.

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