Leverage Dropbox Cloud Storage to Boost Your Productivity
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Go from No Knowledge of Dropbox to using the advanced features like a pro. Productivity Tips will be emphasized
4.5 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
545 students enrolled
Created by Arlen Nagata
Last updated 9/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what Cloud Storage is
  • Know the unique features and benefits of Dropbox
  • Be able to signup for A Dropbox account and get extra storage
  • Use Dropbox for Backup and syncing between devices
  • Collaborate with a team using Dropbox
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  • You will get the most out of this course if you have a computer (Mac or PC)
  • No previous knowledge is needed, concepts are explained simply.

Updated Sept. 18, 2015! 5 New Videos Added...

Dropbox and cloud storage offer some great ways and workflows to be more productive.

Our clear professional videos will address everything from:

  • Providing a simple backup solution for your important files
  • Having a way to backup the photos you take with your iPhone or other smartphone
  • Giving you a way to share Large Files that are too big to email
  • Empowering you with a workflow to request files from clients and friends
  • Increasing your team productivity with file sharing
  • Enabling Two-Step Authentication for Security
  • Selectively syncing folders to your computer and leaving other folders on the internet
  • Synchronizing all of your important files on your computer, regardless of what folder they are in.
  • Using the Dropbox iOS app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. (Android App functions similarly)

This course is perfect for everyone including:

  • Those who are new to cloud storage
  • People who work on teams and projects with a lot of documents
  • Anyone who needs a simple and easy way to backup important files
  • People who want to be more productive with their file management
  • Users of Dropbox who want to go to the next level

Who is the target audience?
  • Don't take this course if you are afraid of the internet!
  • This is a great course for those interested in Cloud Storage
  • If you are deciding between Dropbox, Box, Transporter, and other cloud services, this will help you make a decision
  • Those who use Microsoft Office will benefit from knowing how to integrate Office with Dropbox
  • Anyone who needs a simple and easy backup of their files will benefit
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
2 Lectures 12:16

Thanks for checking out this course on Leveraging the Power of Dropbox Cloud Storage.

In this session we'll briefly talk about what cloud storage is and some of the immediate benefits.

Preview 06:20

Let's get started with Dropbox. You'll learn how to signup for an account (and how to get 25% bonus extra storage). Once you have your account and the Application installed, you'll be ready to go!

Preview 05:56
Beginning with Dropbox
3 Lectures 15:17

In this session, we'll take a look at the basics of how Dropbox works. We'll examine the Menubar Icon that's installed on your computer, the special Dropbox folder, and the Dropbox website. After this lesson you should be comfortable enough to start using Dropbox and uploading your files to Dropbox.

Below you will also find a Downloadable PDF Cheatsheet to go along with this course.

Basics of Using Dropbox

File Versions is a power feature of Dropbox. It's like having a backup of your backups.

The concept of File Versions is the process we used to use as we made changes to files. We would save files with numbers like ProposalDraft01.doc then ProposalDraft02.doc ProposalFinal.doc ProposalFinal02.doc. Etc. Each file version allowed us to go back to a previous version of the file. Dropbox does this without the crazy numbering.

File Versions

A new feature of Dropbox this year (2015) is the ability to add URL links alongside your files. This is great for those projects where you're doing a lot of web research and want to save links to web pages along with the files you're working on.

Saving Links (URL's) alongside your files
Working in Teams and Collaboration
5 Lectures 18:14

A problem all of us face at one time or another is that we want to share a large file, but the file is too big to email. Dropbox has an elegant and simple solution to this problem. You will never be stumped by this issue once you complete this lesson.

Preview 05:39

Another common problem we run into from time to time is how to request files (possibly large files) from a client. While we can do this with email, we don't want the files to get lost among all of our other emails. Dropbox offers a better way.

Request a File from a Client (up to 2GB)

Collaborating with a team is even better when you can share an entire folder of files and resources. This session will cover how and why you'll want to do that.

Share and Collaborate on a Folder

One amazing feature Dropbox added this year (2015) is the ability to edit Microsoft Office Documents online without having any additional software installed.

You'll learn how to open Microsoft Documents from within your Dropbox folder and see what's possible.

Dropbox integrates with Microsoft Office in awesome ways

Dropbox works with many file types. You can preview everything from Microsoft Office files to images. But you can even preview Adobe files. Here's how.

Preview 03:15
Additional Features
1 Lecture 03:47

This video will wrap up the additional features available to you on the Dropbox website.

See the change that have been made to the files in your Dropbox in the Events section and more.

Additional Features of Dropbox.com
Power Dropbox Tips for Advanced Users
6 Lectures 29:20

As you add more files to Dropbox, you will one day run out of space.

Upgrading to Dropbox Pro will give you a full 1TB of storage space so you can use all the powerful features in the following videos.

Upgrade to Dropbox Pro

When you start to add more important information to your Dropbox, you will want to increase the security of your account. Two-Step Authentication is one of the best ways to secure your account.

Here is my YouTube Video regarding Two Factor Authentication and Email Security.


Secure Your Account with Two-Step Authentication

When you start to add multiple computers to Dropbox, you may want to keep some folders from synchronizing due to a lack of space on a laptop or for other reasons. That's where selective sync comes in. Choose which folders to sync and which folders will only remain online.

Selectively Sync Some Folders While Leaving Others Online

*This video is an advanced topic and should not be attempted lightly. Please make a backup of your computer before attempting this to ensure you don't lose any data.

Here's a video I created about a year ago regarding backing up your computer.


This video will walk you through synchronizing folders outside of the special dropbox folder.

Sync Folders Outside the Dropbox Folder with Symlinks

An overview of all of the awesome features of the iOS app. This applies to iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

Preview 08:24

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Arlen Nagata
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