How to Create Dropbox Shortcut? [3 Ways]

Want to make a shortcut in Dropbox? You have landed on the right page. Here is the article on how to create a Dropbox shortcut.

Cloud storage services like Dropbox are great solutions when we need to back up important files, or store files in a location where we can access them from multiple devices.

Once we start to use Dropbox, we may find that it is one of the applications that we are accessing most frequently. If so, then you might be looking to put a shortcut to the Dropbox folder on your desktop, which we will discuss in our tutorial below.

  • Create a shortcut in Dropbox Browser
  • Making changes in the files
  • Can I share a Shortcut
  • Create a shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
  • Create Shortcut in Mac

Create a Shortcut in Dropbox Browser

We can store a shortcut to a web page in a Dropbox folder same as we will store it in a file. Shortcuts are stored with the file extension web and are represented by a globe icon. Shortcuts launch your current web browser.

Note: We can open shortcuts but not create them in the Dropbox mobile app.


Open Dropbox in a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer, and safari.


Sign in to the Dropbox account by giving the proper credentials.

Sign in Dropbox create shortcut


Click Create which is near the upload option on the home page of Dropbox. Click on the More option then hit the Shortcut option to create a Shortcut option in Dropbox.

short cut in Browser Dropbox


Once the above process is done, the next page will ask for the URL and Name. Give the proper URL and name to create a shortcut in Dropbox.

shortcut URL in Dropbox


Click Create option to perform the shortcut option in Dropbox.

Hope the above method is easy to follow to create shortcuts in Dropbox.

Making Changes in the Files

Can we make changes to the shortcut? Of course, yes! We can edit, rename or delete the way we normally do our files or folders.

Can I Share a Shortcut

We cannot share a web shortcut we have stored in Dropbox. Instead, we would send or share the URL with others.

However, we can share the folder shortcut is stored in. The shortcut will open for anyone we share the folder with.

Create a Shortcut in Windows 10/11

This shortcut creation is applicable to both Windows 10 and Windows 11 as well. Let’s get started to do the shortcut.

  • Select the Folder icon in the taskbar.
shortcut in Dropbox desktop
  • Move to the Dropbox for which you want to create a shortcut in the Dropbox folder.
  • Right-click on the folder to see the options to perform the task.
  • Click Send to and also click the Desktop (create shortcut) option.
shortcut Dropbox in the desktop

In this way, we can create shortcuts in the Desktop Dropbox.

Create Shortcut in Mac

We can create a shortcut or an “alias” for our Dropbox folder on our computer to make it easier to access. To do so, follow the instructions below.

  • On a Mac device, move directly to the folder’s location. This can be found in the finder and located in the particular folder from the sidebar.
  • Right-click the Dropbox folder or any other folder in your Dropbox account where you want to create a shortcut. Then, select Make Alias.
  • Our shortcut will be displayed with an alias appended to the file name.

We can then drag this shortcut to the desired location, such as our Dock or Desktop, or to our Favourites in the Finder sidebar.

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We come to the conclusion in this article. Hope you feel easy to create shortcuts in Dropbox.

This article covered from browser to Mac for creating shortcuts in Dropbox but for a mobile device we are unable to create a shortcut.

Since all are simple steps whether it is for a browser or Mac, it can be followed.

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