4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2011 2:09 PM by compassn
compassn Level 1 (0 points)

I am a new Apple user and am using OSX Lion.

I noticed while browsing around in the "Finder" that in my home folder or location if you want to call it that....is a folder called "Public" and in that folder is a folder called "Drop Box".

From what I have read on the internet,"Drop Box" is some kind of sync application that you have to sign up for and is not from Apple.

I did not sign up for anything like this......... How did this "Drop Box" folder get onto my iMac ?

Is this "Drop Box" affiliated with the internet "Drop Box" application at all or is this just a coincidence?



I wish Apple had more of a comprehensive "How To" or at least...."This Is What This Is...." book out there.


Thank you for any answer you may provide.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • jonbessom Level 1 (30 points)

    Drop Box is not the company or internet service you are thinking of.  It is simply a drop box to share files with other computers on your network. For example, you need to get a word document to someone on your network, you can put it in this dropbox, it is a shared folder and they have no access to any other part of your computer.  Being in this public drop box will allow them to access it.

  • Niel Level 10 (298,586 points)

    It's just a coincidence.



  • Colin Robinson Level 6 (8,315 points)

    It is not related to DropBox the product but to the ability for another user account on your Mac to copy something to your Public folder.


    From Help:

    To give a file to another user on your computer:

    1. Open the user’s Public folder (in their home folder in the Users folder on your hard disk).
    2. Hold down the Option key and drag the file to the Drop Box in the user’s Public folder.



    Colin R.

  • compassn Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you everyone.

    Very fast response from all of you.

    This takes alot of worry off my mind.I thought for a minute there I had somehow managed to get MalWare or something like that.

    Thanks again.