UW-Madison Box - Getting Started

First Time Users

If you have never accessed your UW-Madison Box account, you will need to log in through the web client in order to get started. You do not need to do anything else besides logging in—your account will be ready as soon as you authenticate. Additionally, your account will be created with unlimited storage space, so you can start adding content immediately!

For instructions on logging in through the web client, please see UW-Madison Box (Web) - Logging In.

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Login Options

In addition to the Box web client, you also have the option of accessing files stored in your Box account through Box Sync for your desktop and mobile devices.

For instructions on logging in through mobile devices, please see UW-Madison Box - Logging In.

  • Note: Instructions for logging into Box Sync for Desktop are currently not available; however, we expect to have them added shortly.

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Before you begin managing your files, it is helpful to acquaint yourself with the layout of your Box account page. Box uses a row of buttons and tabs represented by icons as their primary site navigation. Beginning on the top left:

layout1 The Messages button will open a dropdown menu allowing you to view tasks you've been assigned, messages sent to you, and messages you've sent to other users.
layout2 The Updates tab displays a list of actions performed on all documents you have access to, regardless of whether you uploaded them or they were shared with you by another user. Most actions one can take in Box, including uploading, downloading, previewing, and commenting, will generate an update for all collaborators.
layout3 The Files tab is the core of your Box account. Here you can view all files and folders you have access to, making this the starting point for all your file management.
layout4 The People tab contains a list of all users with whom you are currently collaborating, i.e. the people and project groups that have access to the same folders you do. It is important to note that there are multiple "levels" of collaboration, and the users in this list may not have the same type of collaborator access.
layout5 The Apps tab connects you with various desktop and mobile applications that can be integrated with your Box account to expand your ability to access and manage your Box data.
layout6 The Settings button opens a dropdown menu with options to view/edit your profile, update your account settings, access online help, and logout of your account.

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Configuring Notifications

Box gives you the option of receiving email notifications for specific events involving your account and files. For instructions on changing your notifications settings, please see the following Box support article: https://support.box.com/entries/23608048

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Creating an External Password

UW-Madison Box account use Single Sign On for authentication, which allows you to access your Box account by logging in with your NetID and password. However, some external apps that are capable of interacting with your Box account do not have Single Sign On functionality.

For this reason, you may need to create an external password for your account in order to use certain apps. These apps will then use your external password in conjunction with your full WiscMail address (i.e. bbadger@wisc.edu) for authentication.

For instructions on creating an external password for your account, please see UW-Madison Box - Creating an External Password.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

The Box web client supports the use of certain keyboard shortcuts to make file management as efficient as possible. For a full list of the hotkeys supported by Box, please see: https://support.box.com/hc/en-us/articles/202631133

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System Requirements

To access the Box web client, you must use a supported browser. For all browser requirements, please see UW-Madison Box - Recommended Browsers and Operating Systems.

If you would like to use Box Sync for Desktop, you will also need to meet the system requirements documented here: https://support.box.com/hc/en-us/articles/200852677#syncsysreqs

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Keywords:box box.com box.net uwmadison accounts logging in login layout configure notifications change email password keyboard shortcuts hotkeys system browser requirements   Doc ID:33229
Owner:Leah S.Group:Box
Created:2013-09-06 14:22 CDTUpdated:2016-05-05 17:30 CDT
Sites:Box, DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store
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