Add ‘My Dropbox’ To The Windows Start Menu

A Start Menu slot for Dropbox allows me to quickly jump to my files located in My Dropbox folder. Here’s how to add it on Windows 7.

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, 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.

* You could indeed use a different shortcut, but since most people don’t use Recorded TV on their computer, this is an excellent 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. MrGroove

    July 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    More dropbox love. Nice write-up.

  2. Jordan Austin

    July 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Very cool. That could be useful.

    Keep up the good how-to articles.

  3. Cinzia

    July 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

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

  4. Martin

    February 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

    But is it possible in Vista?

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