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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder Apps
Sometimes it is necessary to upload an unzipped folder to Dropbox because some PC users can have problems with opening a file zipped on a Mac. However, you can't make a public link from an unzipped folder in Dropbox.

Here's a solution for creating a link to an unzipped folder that you can send to another user so they can download the folder.
  1. Launch the Dropbox website, from the Dropbox menu in your menu bar, or by logging in to Dropbox in your browser.
  2. Click on the Public Folder; its contents will display in your browser window).
  3. Select the folder for which you want the link; don't click on the folder's name, but to the right of it. The selection will turn blue.
  4. Click the Get Link icon above the folder list. A popup window will appear.
  5. Close the popup window by clicking the x icon in the top-right corner.
  6. In the browser window that is open, click on the folder for which you want the link. The browser window will show the content of your folder.
  7. Copy the link in the address bar and paste it in your e-mail.
  8. Immediately after the pasted URL add: ?dl=1
When the recipients of your e-mail click on the link, a browser window will open and the folder will automatically download into their computer, zipped in a format that even Windows users can open.

[kirkmc adds: This does work. However, it seems like a bit of a workaround. I'd find it a lot easier to simply find a tool that zips archives so Windows users don't have problems. However, if you already have files in your Public folder, this can be a good way to give access to a folder's worth of them.]
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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder
Authored by: Puzo on Jul 20, '12 08:42:29AM

You don't have to open Dropbox website to do that: open your Dropbox Folder from menu bar, right-click on folder you want to zip - select Dropbox > Get Link. Browser will be launched with url in the address bar. You can then use that url with ?dl=1 at the end of the link to create a zipped folder download



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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder
Authored by: brucio on Jul 23, '12 09:29:39AM
[kirkmc adds: I'd find it a lot easier to simply find a tool that zips archives so Windows users don't have problems.
Do tell; what utility would that be? I never realized this was a problem.

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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder
Authored by: azdawg on Jul 24, '12 02:23:46PM

Puzo said: "You don't have to open Dropbox website to do that: open your Dropbox Folder from menu bar, right-click on folder you want to zip - select Dropbox > Get Link. Browser will be launched with url in the address bar. You can then use that url with ?dl=1 at the end of the link to create a zipped folder download"

Right-clicking on an unzipped folder won't give you a link in the contextual menu, I only get "Browse on Dropbox Website" and "Share This Folder". There's no link to "Copy Public Link". The reason for this hint is that some PC-users have trouble unzipping files zipped with the standard OS X "Compress…" contextual menu. Therefore I upload the unzipped folder and apply the hint.
When you open your relevant folder on the Dropbox website and add ?dl=1 to the link of the open folder, it will download the WHOLE contents of your Public folder. Following the hint will only download the folder of your choice.

Kirk, any suggestions for zip-tools that will help zipping for PC-users?
Thanks.



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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder
Authored by: emendelson on Jul 25, '12 04:54:54PM

BetterZip has an option to strip out Mac-specific parts of Zip archives to make them friendlier to Windows users. Highly recommended.



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Download an unzipped folder from Dropbox's Public folder
Authored by: Puzo on Jul 27, '12 04:54:56PM

I did not realize you were referring to *Public* folder. Indeed, my suggestion does not work there. For what it is worth, I use BetterZip with contextual menu that does custom compression setup via BetterZip preferences.. (exclude Mac-only files, etc., etc.)



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