UW-Madison Box - Clients and Syncing
In addition to the web client, Box also offers Box Sync (for Windows and MacOS only), an application that gives you the ability to access, manage, and edit files directly from your desktop, without the use of a web browser. You can download the latest version of this application (Box Sync 4) for free directly from Box: https://app.box.com/settings/sync
For more information on Box Sync, see: About Box Sync
Note: Box Sync is expected to be deprecated by Fall of 2020
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
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
For a comparison of Box Drive and Box Sync, see: Box Drive vs Box Sync
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: Overview and FAQs
Download Box Notes for your desktop here: https://www.box.com/resources/downloads/notes
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, BlackBerry, and iOS, as well as additional apps for Android and iOS.
For links to downloads and helpful support articles, please see: UW-Madison Box - Mobile Overview
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
If you are already using a UW-Madison Google Apps account, you can grant Box access to this account to add even more functionality. By creating Google Docs within your Box account or editing a Box file with Google Docs, you gain the ability to edit files concurrently with other users while still working under the protection of the UW-Madison Box license agreement.
- Note: This feature does not cause all of your Google Docs previously stored in Google Drive to be shared with your Box account, nor will the Google Docs you create in Box be shared with your Google Drive account.
For more information on using Google Apps in conjunction with Box, please see: Integrating with Google Docs
Like Box for Office, Box Edit 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 download and usage instructions, please see: Opening and Editing Files with Box Edit