Sync Your Desktop Between Computers Using Dropbox

We've detailed how to use Dropbox to sync your home folder across platforms, but for people whose entire workflow revolves around their desktop, that's not necessarily enough. Mac blog Not Very Correct describes how he syncs his desktop, as well.

On Macs His method is something we've seen before. Essentially he's created a symlink to sync files and folders outside the My Dropbox folder. On a Mac, the command looks like:

open up terminal and run the following commands

mv desktop desktop.bak ln -s /Users/username/Dropbox/ ./Desktop (change username for your Mac username)

Things may go screwy for a bit, but don't worry. Your next step is to reboot your Mac and login again.

You may then want to go to your Desktop.bak directory and copy the files you want back to Desktop.

On Windows Not Very Correct's post only covers syncing your Mac desktop, but I think we can get to the bottom of this on Windows. UPDATE: Reader paddirn offers up this simple solution:

There is another way that I've gotten to work with Windows:

Open your User folder, right-click on the folder Desktop, select Properties, open the Location Tab, and click Move; now pick the new location (Dropbox folder) and click Apply.

It's like magic and it's worked great for me for awhile now.

Dropbox Sync Desktop Between Macs [Not very correct]


    Adam, Perhaps you could correct the link for "...the JUNCTION utility, as described here;"

    "here" should not be linking to:

    And, you can sync your desktop email client (such as Thunderbird) with DropBox as well

    For Windows, I use SyncToy (Microsoft Product) to syncronise my entire profile (excluding the appdata and temp type folders) to my DropBox folder. This way I don't have to mess around with work Roaming Profiles and changing their default desktop folder locations and the like.

    Adam perhaps you should rename this article to "Use your Dropbox folder as your Desktop". The title is a little misleading as to the end result which with a fully populated Dropbox folder throws everything in it onto your Desktop.

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