Add Dropbox as a Place in Microsoft Office

A “Place” in Microsoft Office is a location you can access directly from your Office apps, without using Windows File Explorer. Add Dropbox as a Place to open, share, and save files using Dropbox from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

After you add Dropbox as a Place, you can:

  • Save to Dropbox directly from the menu options in an Office app
  • Open from Dropbox directly from the menu options in an Office app
  • Click Share in an Office application to share using Dropbox

Requirements

To add Dropbox as a Place in Office, you must:

  • Use a Windows computer
  • Run version 29 of the Dropbox desktop app or later
  • Run Microsoft Office
  • To use the Share button in Office to share Dropbox files, you must run version 16.0.4266 of Microsoft Office 2016 or earlier

Add Dropbox as a Place

You can add Dropbox as a Place through your Dropbox preferences:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  2. Click the gear.
  3. Choose Preferences….
  4. Check the box next to Show Dropbox as a save location in Microsoft Office.

Note: Ask your admin to enable this feature if you see the message This option has been disabled by your team admin.

You can remove Dropbox as a Place in Office by following these steps:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray.
  2. Click the gear.
  3. Choose Preferences.
  4. Uncheck the box next to Show Dropbox as a save location in Microsoft Office.

Dropbox Business teams

To allow your team members to add Dropbox as a place, enable it in the Admin Console:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin account.
  2. Click Admin Console.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Additional Settings.
  5. Toggle Microsoft Office Add-In to On.

After you enable the Microsoft Office Add-In, team members can add Dropbox as a Place in Office. Dropbox isn’t automatically added as a Place.

Does this feature work even if Dropbox isn't running or I'm offline?

Yes. Adding Dropbox as a Place integrates natively with Office. Dropbox as a Place is available even if Dropbox isn't running or you're offline. However, your files won’t sync until the next time Dropbox is running and you’re online.

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