How to archive or restore Paper docs and folders

This article is for Dropbox customers using an older release of Dropbox Paper. Archiving is not available for those on the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper.

To find out if you’re using the older release of Dropbox Paper:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Create new file.

If you don’t see Dropbox Paper in the dropdown menu, then you’re using the older release.

If you do see Dropbox Paper in the dropdown menu, then you’re using the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper.

Only creators and users with editing permission can archive Paper docs. When a Paper doc is archived, it becomes read-only for everyone it was shared with.

How to archive a Paper doc

  1. Open the doc you want to archive.
  2. Click "" (ellipsis).
  3. Click Archive.

How to archive a Paper folder

  1. Hover over the folder you want to archive.
  2. Click the check box.
  3. Click Archive.

How to find and restore an archived Paper doc

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Paper in the left-side column.
  3. Click the Docs tab.
  4. Click the sorting/filtering dropdown in the upper-right of your list of docs. By default, it’s set to Viewed recently.
  5. Click Archived. You’ll see a list of your archived docs.
  6. Click a doc to open it.
  7. Click the “” (ellipses) in the upper-right corner.
  8. Click Restore

How to find and restore an archived Paper folder

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Paper in the left-side column.
  3. Click the Folders tab.
  4. Click the sorting/filtering dropdown in the upper-right of your list of docs. By default, it’s set to Alphabetical.
  5. Click Archived.
  6. Click the folder.
  7. Click Restore.

How to permanently delete a Paper folder

  1. Archive the folder.
  2. Click Folders.
  3. Click Archived.
  4. Click the folder.
  5. Click Permanently delete.
  6. Click Permanently delete.

A note on docs archived before June 1, 2017

Paper docs archived before June 1, 2017 will be moved to the Deleted tab in Paper (instead of remaining in Archived).

Previously, Dropbox Paper didn't offer an easy way to delete docs. So, many users would use Archive to remove docs from their list of docs, when they actually meant to delete them. Now that Paper has an option to delete, we'll be moving all archived docs to the Deleted list.

If a doc you'd like to keep ends up in the Deleted list, not to worry: you can easily move these docs back to the Archive list.

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