If you’re like me and you frequently create documents on your laptop and then later need to access them for editing or printing from a different computer, you should check out Dropbox. You can sign up for a free account, download an unobtrusive background application to your computer and you’re set to go.

A free account with Dropbox gives you 2GB of storage space, which is more than enough for a couple thousand word documents. The application creates a folder which it monitors for documents and changes and then synchronizes with Dropbox’s online servers. Anytime you add or change anything, the changes are copied online. On the other end you can either install the application on your desktop computer or simply log on to access your files through the website from any computer.

What to store in your Dropbox folder? I store any work in progress such as academic papers, resumés, job applications and anything else that I may need to print or review somewhere other than my laptop. It’s just like any other folder, except that I use it as the place to store any project I’m actively working on.

If you’re tired of forgetting to email yourself files and not quite ready to make the switch all the way to Google Docs or a similar alternative, Dropbox is a great way to get your files where you want them when you want them.

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