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UW-Madison Box - Clients and Syncing
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.
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.
For additional details on Box Notes, please see: Introducing Box Notes
On June 15, 2022, Box will discontinue the Box Notes Desktop app. After June 15, you will need to access Box Notes using either the Box Web App or Box Mobile App.
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:
Note: Automatic uploading from mobile devices is disabled for all UW-Madison Box accounts. This may impact the functionality of some Box mobile applications such as Box Capture.
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
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
Note: Long term, Box intends to deprecate Box Sync in favor of Box Drive. The UW-Madison Box team recognizes that Box Drive does not have full parity with the Box Sync product but we recommend discontinuing use of Box Sync wherever possible.
For a comparison of Box Drive and Box Sync, see: Switching from Box Sync to Box Drive
Much like Box Drive, 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