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An Easier Way to Add Files to Your Dropbox Account

Finally fulfilling the promise of its name, Dropbox now lets you drag and drop files from your desktop to the Web.

For a service with the word "drop" front and center in its name, Dropbox has always been notoriously, annoyingly unsupportive of dragging and dropping to its Web client.

No more. Starting now, you can drag a file from your desktop directly to Dropbox on the Web. No more clicking the upload button, navigating your folders for the file(s) you want, and all that.

In case you've been living under a rock, Dropbox is the cloud-based storage service that easily and automatically syncs files between PCs, portable devices, and the Web. It's insanely popular, and with good reason.

You can get a 2GB Dropbox account free of charge. If you're willing to refer friends (who in turn sign up for their own Dropbox accounts), you can score as much as 16GB of bonus free storage.

This new capability isn't what I'd call major, but it's a long-overdue and welcome addition to the service.

Just sign into your Dropbox account in your browser (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are currently the only ones that support drag-and-drop), then drag one or more files or folders from your desktop to that window. Presto: They're uploaded instantly.

What features would you like to see Dropbox add next? Or do you think the service is already pretty much perfect?

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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