In 2015, Microsoft and Dropbox announced that they were working to enable Dropbox to be used in combination with Microsoft Office. Given the popularity of Dropbox and the leading position that Office enjoys in the industry, the decision of these companies of working together didn’t come as a surprise. Although Microsoft is still supporting OneDrive, its own cloud storage solution, its clear that the company knows its priorities and OneDrive is not even close to the success that Office has enjoyed for many years.
By joining forces with Dropbox, Microsoft can get users of that cloud storage service interested in their platform. The Office suite is still widely used around the world and giving Dropbox users the possibility of connecting their account from Word, PowerPoint or Excel can make things very practical for them. In Dropbox, when a user clicks on a Microsoft Office file on Dropbox, the file will be opened in the relevant app. In order to take advantage of this “partnership”, users need to have the two apps installed on their devices. The deal between the two companies also shows that Microsoft is well aware of the fact that OneDrive hasn’t achieved the popularity of Dropbox. They prefer to use this opportunity to ensure that Office 365 gets the attention from those who prefer Dropbox.
In the case of Dropbox, the online storage service gets the benefit of not having to develop its own editing tools. They can focus on providing easy to use, practical cloud storage, while Office takes care of the editing solution. If you are a Microsoft Office and a Dropbox users, this deal between the companies will make things very convenient. Below you will find ways to use Dropbox along with Microsoft Office.
Edit Dropbox files using Office Online Web App
Now you can rely on the effective editing solutions that Microsoft Office supports to make changes on your Dropbox files.
- To use it, you just need to click on any of the Microsoft Office files that you have saved to your Dropbox folder.
- The file will open in a new window and you can click “Open” at the top right side.
- Next, you will be asked to allow access to Microsoft Office. Now you will have the option to work on Office Online and edit the document as needed.
Connect Office Online to Dropbox
When you connect Microsoft Office to your Dropbox account, you are able to save files to Dropbox. You can do the following:
- Access Office Online using your Microsoft or Outlook login details.
- Open an Office document. On the page, on the bottom-left corner, you will see a Dropbox option.
- Type your Dropbox credentials. That is all, now you can save your files in the Dropbox folder.
How to add Dropbox to Office
Adding your Dropbox account to Office will make things easier when you need to save a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document to Dropbox. Here is how you can do it.
- For Office 2013, you can try the PowerShell script in this link: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/Add-Dropbox-and-Google-94afd730. Alternatively, you can try a third-party batch file. These solutions don’t work for Office 2016, but you can pin your Dropbox folder as location in Office from the “Save As” menu.
- You need to save an Office file to Dropbox, or the Dropbox sub-folder that you want to use as the default option for Office files. To do this, go to File, then Save As and look for the folder.
- Go back to File, Save As menu and find the Dropbox folder in the right column.
- When you hover over the folder, you will see the pushpin icon. You can click on it to get that folder in the Save As menu. By doing this, you will be able to choose the pinned folder whenever you are going to save a file instead of having to look for the Dropbox folder through your PC. While this solution is not perfect, it is the current workaround for Office 365.