Use Dropbox to take and share screenshots

Did you know you can use Dropbox to take and share screenshots? You can and it’s as easy as enabling the option.

Step 1) Turn on Dropbox Screenshot Sharing

Open Dropbox settings, and enable “Share screenshots using Dropbox”.

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Step 2) Take a screenshot

Now it’s time to use a keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot. Don’t worry, after a few times this will become second nature!

OSX
CMD + SHIFT + 4 – captures a selected area (this was the default Droplr action)
CMD + SHIFT + 3 – captures the whole desktop

Windows
ALT + PRINTSCREEN – captures the active windows
CONTROL + PRINTSCREEN – captures the whole desktop

Step 3) Share the screenshot

Dropbox automatically copies the screenshot URL to your clipboard and gives you a notification:

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All you need to do is paste the URL!

Troubleshooting

CMD + SHIFT + 4 not working on your Mac?

Open “System Preferences” and navigation to “Keyboard” and then “Shortcuts”. Enable all the options.

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Screenshots saving to your desktop instead of Dropbox?

Sometimes the default directory for screenshots gets changed to your desktop. We can change the directory using the terminal. Open terminal and type the following:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/yourname/Dropbox/Screenshots/

Now restart the system UI:

killall SystemUIServer

Author: Greg Rickaby

Greg is Director of Engineering at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

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