Dropbox single-handedly reinvigorated the cloud syncing and storage market, and for good reason. The team behind the service is constantly iterating on their product, coming up with inventive new ways to use it for saving and sharing files.
After the highly useful “Camera Uploads” feature, they’ve now come up with an equivalent for screenshots. On mobile platforms, the screenshots you took already get uploaded to Dropbox and synced across all your devices if you have Camera Uploads enabled. With screenshot sharing, the feature comes to the desktop as well, along with a direct sharing option.
With the latest version of the desktop application installed, take a screenshot using one of the standard keyboard shortcuts for the Mac operating system:
- To capture the entire screen, press Command-Shift-3.
- To capture a part of the screen, press Command-Shift-4. Draw a rectangle over an area with your cursor, or press the spacebar and click on a window.
The first time you do this, the application will ask if you want to save screenshots to your Dropbox. Click Save Screenshots to Dropbox.
From now on, whenever you take a screenshot, the application will automatically save it to a folder named Screenshots in your Dropbox folder. It will also copy a link to the screenshot that you can immediately paste anywhere, such as an email message or a Facebook post. Anyone who clicks on the link will see your screenshot on a preview page on the Dropbox website.
You can always turn this feature on or off in the application’s preferences:
- Click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar.
- Click the gear icon and select Preferences… from the menu.
- Click the Import tab.
- Check or uncheck Share screenshots using Dropbox.