One of the downsides of Dropbox is that it only syncs the files that are in your Dropbox folder. What if you have a folder that you don’t want to move into your Dropbox folder, but you still want to be synchronized?
To sync folders outside of your Dropbox folder, you can create a symbolic link between your Dropbox folder and the folder you want to sync. Dropbox understands symbolic links, and so it will know to synchronize everything in that folder. The process is slightly different in Windows and OSX.
Creating a symbolic link in Windows
Click Start > Programs > Accessories. Right click Command Prompt. Then, click Run as administrator. (You have to be an admin on the computer to complete the next steps.)
This will bring up the Command window. In that window, copy and paste the following:
mklink /D “<location of your Dropbox>” “<location of folder you want to create a symlink to>”
An example of what this could look like would be: mklink /D “C:\Users\<your username>\Dropbox\Stuff” “C:\Users\<your username> \Desktop\Sync-this-folder
Creating a symbolic link in OSX
On a Mac, click on the search icon to bring up Spotlight and type Terminal. The Terminal window is OSX’s equivalent of the Command window. Copy and paste the following:
ln -s ~/<Folder path>/ <Symlink name>
The folder path is the location of the folder you want to sync. The symlink name is the title of the folder in Dropbox.
Note: The brackets are just there to indicate a value that you would provide, so make sure you don’t include the brackets in your commands.
Update: You can also use the Dropbox Folder Sync app to sync folders that are outside of your Dropbox folder. After you download the app, all you have to do is right click the folder to bring up the menu and select Dropbox Folder Sync > Sync with Dropbox. This will move the folder into Dropbox and put a symlink in its place. If you decide later that you don’t want that folder synced, follow the same path and select Unsync with Dropbox.