How to Connect Office 2016 to Your Dropbox Account

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dropbox microsoft officeMicrosoft Office is naturally designed to work seamlessly with OneDrive, saving files to Microsoft's cloud service by default if you're signed into Office with your Microsoft account. Office also, however, can also connect to other online storage services such as Dropbox. It's easy to integrate Dropbox with Office Online, but you'll need a workaround to connect your Dropbox folder to Office 2016.

Pin Your Dropbox Folder in Office 2016

Microsoft makes it easy to add your OneDrive folder or an Office 365 SharePoint location as a shortcut in the Open or Save As screens in Office. Just click on Add a Place to connect these Microsoft services.

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However, there's no option there to add other cloud storage providers, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. For Office 2013, there are third-party workarounds, like this batch file and this PowerShell script, but they don't work with Office 2016, unfortunately.

An easy way to quickly access your Dropbox folder from the Save As menu, however, is to pin your Dropbox folder as a location in Office:

1. Save an Office file to Dropbox or the Dropbox sub-folder you want to use as your default for Office files by going to File > Save As and then browsing to that folder.

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2. Return to the File > Save As menu and locate your Dropbox folder in the right column.

3. Hover over the folder until you see the pushpin icon and click it to pin that folder to your Save As menu.

Next time you go to save a file, you can choose that pinned folder rather than having to wade through your computer directory to your Dropbox folder. It's not a perfect connectivity solution, but until there's another workaround for Office 2016 or Dropbox gets better integration with Office on the desktop, this is the simplest solution.

Connect Dropbox to Office Online

The web-based versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint do support using Dropbox as a Save location.

1. Sign into and launch an Office application.
2. At the bottom left side of the page, click Add a place and then check the box next to Dropbox. This will add Dropbox as a new save location. 

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3. Click on the Open from Dropbox new link and then sign in with your Dropbox username and password.

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Once connected, you can click on the Open from Dropbox link to open Office files or save files to Dropbox from Office Online.

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  • Andrew Read Says:

    This problem bugs the hell out of me too. It's hard not to feel that Microsoft is just trying to drive us away from Dropbox towards one of their services. Remember the good old days when software 'up'grades made life better?

  • Colin Says:

    Microsoft can't get much to work on a Mac or they are just plain nasty
    eg No Forms in excel unless written by the user

  • winston leeson Says:

    I have a simple solution that works for me. I have a licence for office 2010 which I reloaded on my computer. Now my drop box works off Office 2010 and I use Office 2016 for everything else. such a simple fix

  • Sarah Says:

    Didnt work for me either. Using the mac version. Shame - this bug irritates the hell out of me.

  • zainab Says:

    Thanks for the shearing opinion its simply awesome.Well guys i feel you can also try using this great plugin Backup&Restore Dropbox for your site thanks your all your recommendations.

  • Teresa Says:

    Unfortunatley they have removed the ability to pin folders so pinning the dropbox folder no longer works.

  • Mike W Says:

    This does not work for me either. I have a push pin but can not click on it to pin it. I am running Windows 10 with office 2016.

  • Zane ST Says:

    Does this also work for Office 2016 mac?

  • Blake Pritchard Says:

    Thanks for the tip! This can also be done with another solution called Thru. It is a secure file sharing tool that lets you sync files of any size to the cloud.

  • John Kincaid Says:

    This does not work for me - I cannot get the pin when hovering. Any suggestions

  • Moses Bornyi Says:

    I can't save files on dropbox, thus I would like add One Drive folder so that I would able to save changes made to the files.

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