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UW-Madison Box - Clients and Syncing

Box Drive

In addition to the Web App, Box also offers Box Drive. Box Drive brings your entire Box folder tree to your desktop. For instructions on how to download and install Box Drive see: Installing Box Drive

Only certain collaborator permission levels allow you to mark Box Drive content for offline access. see Understanding Collaborator Permission Levels for more details. Use of Box Drive can not be disabled for a specific folder or collaborators.

For a comparison of Box Drive and Box Sync, see: Switching from Box Sync to Box Drive
Note: There are known issues with having both Box Sync and Box Drive installed on your machine. You should uninstall Box Sync before installing Box Drive

Box Drive v2.24 now supports Apple File Provider Extensions (FPE). The switch to FPE mode has some known issues with drag/drop behavior that is discussed in UW-Madison Box - Known Issues

Interested in the beta release for Box Drive on devices using the Apple M1 chip? See our FAQ.

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Box Notes

Box Notes is Box's native document creation tool. You can use this feature for note-taking, sharing, and real-time collaboration with other Box users. In addition to being available through your Box account online, you can also install Box Notes for your desktop to access your Notes directly, without going through your web browser.

For additional details on Box Notes, please see: Box Notes: Introducing Box Notes

Download Box Notes for your desktop here:

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Mobile Apps

With Box, you are not limited to your computer—Box and other third-party developers have created a variety of apps for use with mobile devices. These apps include Box Sync for Android and iOS, as well as additional apps for Android and iOS.

For links to Box mobile device support articles, please see:

Using Box for iOS

Using Box for Android

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Microsoft Office

For Microsoft Office files like Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations, Box has also released an official Office add-on that lets you take syncing to a whole new level. With this add-on, you can connect directly to your Box account from Office, which means that you can open, edit, and save your Box files without ever leaving your Office application.

Download the add-on here: Box for Office

For instructions on using the add-on to open and save files, please see: Using Box for Office

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Box Tools

Like Box for Office, Box Tools allows you to modify and save Box files with Microsoft Office. However, instead of opening files from Office on your desktop, this browser add-on provides an option to edit files with an Office program from the Box web client. Additionally, it has an added feature that allows you to create brand new Box files with Word.

For additional information about how to install Box Tools in order to use Box Edit, please see: Opening and Editing Files with Box Tools

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Box Sync

Note:Box Sync is expected to be deprecated but no date has been announced.

In addition to Box Drive and the Web App, Box also offers Box Sync. Box Sync gives you the ability to access, manage, and edit files directly from your desktop, without the use of a web browser. For more information about how to download and install Box Sync, see: Installing Box Sync

Learn how to Mark content for Box Sync.

You must be an owner, co-owner or editor in order to sync content to your desktop with Box Sync. You can not disable Box Sync for a specific folder or collaborator.

For more information on how to use and troubleshoot Box Sync, see: Box Sync

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Owner:Jeannine B.Group:Box
Created:2013-09-18 15:39 CSTUpdated:2021-11-04 14:27 CST
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