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Erica McPhee:
OK, I am pretty good at computer stuff so I don't know why this program stumps me. With dropbox - it would make sense if the folders I have created automatically updated when I add new files. But it doesn't seem like this happens.

For example, I have a file called "quotes" and have added that file to my dropbox folder on my desktop. When I add a new file to my regular "quotes" folder, it doesn't automatically add it to the dropbox "quote" folder. I have to add it.

Is this how it works or am I not doing it right?

Thanks!  :)

Jamie:
Unfortunately that is how Dropbox works. It has it's own folder and unless you manually put things within it's folder, it doesn't update them based on similarly named folders elsewhere on your computer.

I searched for a very long time before I finally found a cloud service whose software works in such a way that you don't have to use their pre-designated folder that it'll sync the folders you select for it to from your main file system. Syncplicity is the only service I've found that functions this way by default.

If you really want to stick to dropbox but would like to get that functionality there are two options. You can look into a third party software called Boxifier that's decent and I used up until I found Syncplicity. You could also look into the more technical option of creating what I believe are called symbolic links, which is a way to have the folder technically in the Dropbox folder but have it show up among your regular user folders.

Erica McPhee:
Thank you so much Moif! At least I know it isn't my brain that is defunct! LOL! This is really helpful.  :)

Jamie:
Your welcome! Glad I could help out. :)

Andrew H:
Yes, unfortunately your Dropbox folder is just like any other folder on your machine, it just happens to sync with a server elsewhere. So when you added the quotes folder you were essentially just copying it to a new location and the copy in your Dropbox has no clue the first version exists.

Are you using a Mac? If you're willing to do a fairly basic terminal command you can set up a symlink between the two folders.

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