Create Email Like Filter Rules for Dropbox to Organize Files

Create Email Like Filter Rules for Dropbox to Organize Files

Does it simplify your mailboxes and tasks? Yes, right?

I wish there was a “Magic Folder” on Windows (specifically, on its right-click “Send to” menu) where we could define rules for files and folders. Then, we could just send any file or folder to the Magic Folder and it would move it to the respective destination.

You’ll be glad to know that, if not on Windows, you can do this on Dropbox. Yes, it’s possible and “Sortbox” is the service that works with Dropbox to achieve this. Let’s dive into the details.

Steps to Create Filter Rules for Dropbox

First and foremost, register with Sortbox. Simply browse its web service and log in through your Dropbox account.

Next, grant Sortbox permission to access your Dropbox profile, including files and folders. They ensure encrypted credentials and do not store your files.

Create Email Like Filter Rules for Dropbox to Organize Files

As soon as you log in, you will see a note mentioning that a folder named Sortbox has been created in your Dropbox account (indeed, this is the Magic Folder that we are talking about).

Step 3: By default you would see three filter rules created as examples. You may delete them and/or keep them as references and add new ones (as per your requirements).

Create Email Like Filter Rules for Dropbox to Organize Files

You can refer to the image below or visit this page for information about sorting options.

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Step 4: Open your Dropbox folder and paste any file or folder into the Sortbox folder. If it matches rules, it will be moved accordingly. If not, it will remain there.

Make It More Productive

Even though you have your Magic Folder, you still need to search and move files/folders in your Dropbox location. Why go through that trouble?

Instead, add the Sortbox location as a shortcut to the right-click Send to menu. Now, simply right-click any item and send it to Sortbox, which will take care of organizing it.

Conclusion

I appreciate this service and its value. It is important to utilize it efficiently. The right-click feature is a prime example of its effectiveness. I admire its simplicity. Please share your intentions for using this service.

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