Dropbox: The hidden option to upload files using the Windows 8 app

Win 8 Dropbox app

Many people who waited a long time for Dropbox to release a modern Windows 8 app, finally got their hands in the first official version, but only to find out that they can do just some basic navigation and editing, and essential features like, for example, uploading files (documents, photos, videos, etc.) to your account are missing.

What you may not know is that there is a “hidden” way that allows you to upload files to the cloud storage service; it’s not conventional, but it is a tip that will benefit Windows 8 and Windows RT users alike until the company, hopefully, comes up with an update that adds the feature.

The process is straightforward, because there is not a direct way to upload files by drag-&-drop or just dropping files into a folder, you can however save a document directly to the Dropbox by simply using the “Save As” command from the Windows 8 app.

Dropbox upload option Win8 app

Note: The catch though, is that it only works if the app you are using supports the “Save As” option and you can only save one item at a time.

Dropbox win 8 app save as option

For this demo I used the Photoroom app for Windows 8 to give the option a try and it worked. After the  document was uploaded to Dropbox a toast notification popped up informing that the file was successfully saved.

To learn more about the Dropbox app, check out this previous first look article.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.