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How to send a file request using Dropbox

Forget setting up shared folders in order to receive files from fellow Dropbox users; file requests are here.

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A preview of the request screen as seen after uploading files. Dropbox

A new Dropbox feature, announced on Wednesday, allows a Dropbox user to request files from someone.

Instead of creating a series of shared folders where you and coworkers can upload files (making the files viewable by everyone who has access to the folder), file requests add a level of privacy to the sharing documents.

Sending a file request requires you have a Dropbox account, however those you are sending the request don't have to be Dropbox users.

To request files up to 2GB in size, including photos and videos, you need to visit

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The first time you visit the site you're presented with a brief explainer, detailing how file requests work. After reading through it, click on Create file request.

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A prompt will ask you to name the documents you're requesting.

Next, select a folder you'd like the documents to be stored in. By default, Dropbox will create a new folder based on the document name you entered above. You can change the folder by clicking on Change Folder.

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The next screen will present you with a link that you can then copy and send to those who owe you files, or if you'd prefer, enter email addresses and have Dropbox take care of sending off the request.

The recipient will receive an email alerting him or her of your request, and reaffirming the only person that can see the uploaded files will be you, the sender.

The process is straight-forward and very simple, taking only a few minutes to complete. Dropbox will notify you via email once files have been uploaded.

At any point you can return to the requests page to add, view, edit and close requests.