Dropbox Shell Tools

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 17, 2010
Updated • Dec 26, 2012
Software, Windows software

Cross-platform application and web service Dropbox syncs and backs up files between computers and the Dropbox servers on the Internet. Free users get 2 Gigabyte storage with their accounts.

Dropbox places a folder on the local computer system to automatically synchronize files between computers and the web. File access is also available directly on the Dropbox website.

One of the problems that Dropbox users face is that it is relatively cumbersome to copy and move new files to their Dropbox folders.

The software Dropbox Shell Tools by Perry Wolf aim to speed things up by offering Windows Explorer context menu options to quickly copy or move files to the Dropbox folder.

dropbox shell tools
dropbox shell tools

The Dropbox shell extension is currently only available in German, enough feedback from international users might convince the developer to produce a multi-language version of the program.

A total of six options are provided in the Dropbox context menu.

  • Kopiere nach Dropbox (copy to Dropbox)
  • Kopiere nach Dropbox (Unterordner) (copy to Dropbox subfolder)
  • Kopiere nach Dropbox (Public) (copy to public Dropbox folder)
  • Verschiebe nach Dropbox (move to Dropbox)
  • Verschiebe nach Dropbox (Unterordner) (move to Dropbox subfolder)
  • Verschiebe nach Dropbox (Public) (move to public Dropbox folder)

The Dropbox folder has to be selected manually on first use. The application stores the Dropbox folder information in the Windows Registry to speed up the copying and moving of files in future sessions.

Dropbox Shell Tools is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It has been released in an early (0.1) build. Users should consider backing up their data and / or creating a System Restore point before they install the software. (via Caschy)

Update: English version available here.

Update: The download is still available, but the website is no longer. We have therefor removed the link pointing to the article site.


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  1. Alek Davis said on December 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I installed the English version on Windows 7 (x64). Now I get the Browse for Dropbox Folder dialog box popping up every time I try to launch Remote Desktop (and some other apps) from a shortcut. Very irritating. I uninstalled Shell Tools, but still get the annoying pop-up. There is no contact on the author’s page, and the contact form does not seem to work. Anyone has an idea how to fix it?

  2. Henri Cazeault said on July 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    hello all friends,

    I installed DropBox on my Win7 laptop, on my EEEPC and on my iPhone4.

    How could I send from there to there as wished ?? and if ther eis a tool (the one we are discussing) how can I tell to this tool “this .doc” I want to send it ti my iPhone DropBox ???


  3. B. Moore said on June 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

    ummm why install another application when you can do this by using the “Send To” menu.

    Just add shortcuts to the Dropbox folders you want to use in to the “Send To” folder and then either hold down shift while clicking the “Send To” menu to move the file or no shift to copy the file over to the specific Dropbox folder.

  4. Perry said on June 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Hi there !

    I was bored and translated the tools to english, get them here: http://www.perry-wolf.de/downloads/dropboxshelltools/SetupDBST_v0.1.1en.exe

  5. 123456 said on June 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Dude, ever heard from mozy.com?
    You even get encryption there…

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