How to Choose or Change Folders to Back up in Dropbox on Windows 11

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The article guides users on how to choose or change folders to backup using Dropbox on Windows 11, aiming to save storage space, time, and data usage. Relevant settings can be altered via the Dropbox settings app, providing the flexibility to back up relevant folders and disregard unnecessary ones. The process concludes with saving changes…

This article explains how to choose or change what folders to back up in Dropbox on Windows 11.

Dropbox is a cloud storage service allowing users to store and share files and folders online. It offers features such as file syncing, file versioning, and collaboration tools, making it easier for teams to collaborate on projects.

One can configure many settings with the Dropbox app in Windows, including starting Dropbox on system startupdisabling Dropbox startup in the backgroundadding Microsoft Office add-inturning notifications on or offmanaging backups, turning automatic backups on or offrenaming backup device name, changing backup frequency, and more.

When you set up Dropbox Windows, you can later change or choose additional folders to backup in the Dropbox settings app. If some of the folders being backed up are no longer important, you can deselect or remove them from your backup. Or add new folders that are important to secure.

Choosing or changing which folders to back up in Dropbox is important because it allows you to back up the files and folders that are important to you. This can save you storage space and time, as you won’t back up unnecessary files.

Additionally, choosing specific folders to backup can help conserve your data usage if you have limited internet bandwidth. By selecting only the folders you need, you can better manage your storage and ensure that your important files are safely backed up.

Choose or change folders backing up

As mentioned above, users can choose or change folders to backup anytime in the Dropbox settings app. This allows you to only backup folders that are important and leave out those that are less important.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Dropbox flyout window from the notification area. You can do that by clicking the Taskbar overflow and selecting Dropbox to open its flyout window.

Windows 11 turn on start Dropbox on system startup

When the flyout opens, select the Settings (gear) at the top of the screen and click Preferences.

Windows 11 turn on start Dropbox on system startup

On the Preferences page, select the Backups tab. Under “This PC,” click the Manage backups button.

Manage backups in Dropbox on Windows 11

If you have already set up Dropbox, click My PC (DeviceName) under the Sync and backups tab on the flyout window.

Rename device in the Dropbox app on Windows 11

This will open the Dropbox settings page.

Under Manage backups, select the “Choose or change folder backing up” tile on the Dropbox Backup page.

Then click the Choose folder button.

Choose or change what to back up in Dropbox on Windows 11

On the folders and files selection window, check the box next to the folders you want to back up. Uncheck the folders and files you want to exclude from backing up.

Choose or change what to back up in Dropbox on Windows 11

Click on the right-caret to expand to the folder to select subfolders.

Choose or change what to back up in Dropbox on Windows 11

Select or unselect folders and files you want to include or exclude from backing up. Then click the Save button when you are done.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to choose or change what to back up in the Dropbox app. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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