Add ‘My Dropbox’ To The Windows Start Menu

Groovy how to - dropbox on the start mennuDo you like Dropbox?  I’m a pretty big fan at this point, but there’s just one thing it’s missing – a Start Menu slot of its very own that allows me to quickly jump to my files located in My Dropbox folder.

The process takes just a few steps, and if you follow the step-by-step Tutorial below you should be up and running with Dropbox in your Start Menu in no time!  If you run into a snag, just drop a note below in the comments.


How To Put My Dropbox In The Windows 7 Start Menu List



Step 1

Right-Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and Select Properties.

start menu properties



Step 2

Click the Start Menu tab and then Click the Customize button.

start menu customize widows 7



Step 3

In the Customize Start Menu window that appears Scroll down to Recorded TV.*  Of the three bullets for Recorded TV Select the one that says Display as a link.  Now Click OK to save and exit the window.

*It’s true you could use a different shortcut, but since most people don’t use Recorded TV on their computer, this is a good way to make use of it.

start menu link customize windows 7



Step 4

Open up the Start Menu and Right-Click Recorded TV.  Then from the context menu Select Properties.
recorded tv in windows 7 replacement



Step 5

The properties window should show up.  Click the General Tab and then Type in the new name of “My Dropbox” overwriting where it says Recorded TV.

rename recorded tv to my dropbox



Step 6

In the same window Click the Library tab and then Click Public Recorded TV (C:Users…) Then Select Remove to get rid of it.  Once you’ve done away with the original location, Click Include a folder to add a new one.
REMOVE the original library and add a new folder



Step 7

A dialog box should appear. Select My Dropbox folder and then Click Include Folder.

Include my Dropbox



Step 8

My Dropbox should now appear in Library locations.  Under ‘Optimize this library for’ Select General Items from the drop-down menu.  Once finished, Click OK to save and exit.

categorize general items for my dropbox



Step 9

Now for changes to take effect you need to restart your computer, or just quickly restart Explorer.  It won’t work until you restart, so don’t freak out if it shows up errors before doing so.


Now your “My Dropbox” folder is conveniently nested on the sidebar of your start menu.

my dropbox on the start menu windows 7



  1. More dropbox love. Nice write-up.

  2. Very cool. That could be useful.

    Keep up the good how-to articles.

  3. Cinzia  

    What if you don’t have Recorder TV in your Start Menu?

  4. Martin  

    But is it possible in Vista?

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