Dropbox Extensions lets you to open files with third-party partner applications, directly from your Dropbox account. Then, it automatically saves any edits you’ve made on those files back to your account.
To use Dropbox Extensions, you need to connect the third-party app you want to use to your account.
To open and edit a file in a third-party app, once it’s connected to your Dropbox account:
- Sign in to dropbox.com.
- Hover the mouse over the file you’d like to open.
- Click Open with to see a dropdown menu of available apps.
- Click the third-party app you’d like to open the file in.
- If it’s your first time connecting the app to Dropbox, the application may ask you for approval
- Once you’ve edited or taken action on the file, save or apply the changes (this step will vary, depending on the application).
- The new edited file saves alongside your original file, but is appended with either a series of numbers or a words (depending on the application).
Example: How to use Dropbox Extensions
Imagine you have a document saved in your Dropbox account as a pdf. You want to sign it using DocuSign and then save it back to your Dropbox account.
Dropbox Extensions allows you to open the file in DocuSign directly from your Dropbox account using the Open with dropdown menu. Once you’ve signed the document, the signed version automatically saves back to your account, alongside the original.