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Add folder tree menus to Dropbox in Firefox

If you use Dropbox on the Web but you don't fancy the way it navigates between folders, here's a quick tip to make it a lot easier.

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The ability to sync files between devices, computers, and the Web makes Dropbox a popular cloud storage service. In the past year, Dropbox saw an impressive acquisition path involving AudioGalaxySnapJoy, and Mailbox. Unfortunately, the Web interface for the service leaves a bit to be desired -- probably because they're busy working on integrating new features from their acquisitions.

If you're used to looking at command prompts or file servers, you may not mind that there's no tree-style menu when accessing your files on Dropbox's Web site. But if that's not your thing, a quick solution for those who prefer Firefox is to install a userscript that adds folder trees to the Web version of Dropbox. Here's how to get started:

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Step 1: Make sure you have the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox to handle the userscript. If not, you can easily install a copy.

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Step 2: Head to the userscript page for Dropbox Plus and click the Install button. In the window that pops up, you'll need to click Install again.

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Step 3: Refresh your Dropbox page if it's already open, or head there to check out the new menu system on the left-hand side.

How do you like the tree-style menu in comparison to Dropbox's default method of directory navigation? Do you think it's more convenient, or unnecessary clutter? Share your thoughts in the comments.