Mapping Windows Folders to Dropbox

Dropbox is a very useful tool, especially if you use multiple computers. But you can take it one step farther in Windows and actually remap some of the user folders to Dropbox. So let’s say for example, you want to sync your Internet Explorer bookmarks on all of your computers, you can do this using Dropbox.

The first thing we want to do is create a Favorites folder in your Dropbox. This is the folder you will sync all your Favorites from Internet Explorer to. By default, Internet Explorer saves all of your bookmarks to the Favorites folder in your user profile. So if you click on your user profile, you should see a Favorites folder. Once you have located it, just do the following:

1. Right click on the Favorites folder in Windows, and select Properties.

2. Click on the Location tab, this shows you where the actual Favorites folder is located.

3. Select Move and change the location to your Favorites folder in Dropbox.

4. You will get prompted if you are sure you want to remap the folder and move the data, say Yes.

That is it, Windows will copy your Favorites from the Windows Favorites folder, to your new one in Dropbox.  Once that is done, to sync this with another computer, just do the same steps as above.  This way all your instances of Internet Explorer will pull their bookmarks from the Favorites folder in Dropbox.  And the best part is, there is nothing more for you to do, the sync will happen automatically.

This method is very useful for more than just Favorites.  For example, if you wanted to sync the icons and data on your Desktop so it is the same on all of your computers, you could create a Desktop folder in Dropbox and do the same steps as above, choose Desktop instead of Favorites.  Just keep in mind what your data limit is in Dropbox, as you do not want to overload your Dropbox space, so Music or Videos may not be the best choice for this method.