Loyal readers know that I’m a huge fan of using Dropbox to share files with clients. A basic account is free and gives you space to share several GB of files. For those who need more space, you can get a paid upgrade.
What I like the most is that I can setup a folder that only a specific client and I can see. If either of us puts a file in that folder, it is automatically transferred to the folder on both sides. Just recently, I client didn’t realize the files were already on their computer. They had been going online each time files needed to be transferred.
Where exactly do you find the Dropbox folder? I can’t give you the exact answer as you can choose where it is stored on your computer. But I can tell you how to easily find it. Press Windows + E to open Windows Explorer (otherwise known as My Computer, Computer or This PC in various versions of Windows).
On the left side of the Windows Explorer window are various links to named locations. At top right is a screenshot of my Windows 7 computer and you’ll see Dropbox is the fifth item in the list. Above left is a screenshot from my Windows 10 computer and you’ll see Dropbox is a little farther down the list. Click on that link and you’ll be in the root Dropbox folder. If you have created subfolders for clients or projects, you’ll see each of them listed there.
Typically I’ll copy files that a client puts in the Dropbox folder and paste them into a folder outside of Dropbox. This way if the client deletes the files, I’ll still have copies of them to use in their projects. Hopefully this gives you a little more insight into how Dropbox works so you can use it in your workflow with your clients and projects.