How to create a Dropbox Paper doc

You can create a Paper doc on dropbox.com, the Dropbox desktop app, the Dropbox mobile app, and on Dropbox in your system tray/menu bar.

On dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Paper on the left sidebar.
  3. Click Create new doc or Create Paper doc, depending on your account.

A new blank doc will open.

From the Dropbox desktop app

  1. Open the Dropbox desktop app.
  2. Click Create.
  3. Click Dropbox Paper.
    • Note: If you don’t see Dropbox Paper as an option, you’re using the older release of Dropbox Paper instead of the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper. If you’re using the older release, you can’t create a doc on the desktop app, but you can create one on dropbox.com.

A new blank doc will open in your web browser.

From the Dropbox Paper mobile app

On iPhone

  1. Open the Paper mobile app.
  2. Tap “+” (plus sign) in the top-right.
  3. Tap New blank doc.

A new blank doc will open.

On Android

  1. Open the Paper mobile app.
  2. Tap the edit button (pen icon) in the bottom-left.

A new blank doc will open.

From your system tray/menu bar

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray (Windows) or menu bar (MacOS).
  2. Click “+” (plus sign).
  3. Click Dropbox Paper.

A new blank doc will open.

From the Dropbox mobile app

Note: The Dropbox mobile app lets you create and organize your Paper docs, but you can only edit with the Paper mobile app.

On iPhone

  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap Create on the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap Create or Upload File.
  4. Tap Paper.
    • Note: If you don’t see Paper as an option, you’re using the older release of Dropbox Paper instead of the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper. If you’re using the older release, you can only create Paper docs on mobile from the Paper mobile app.
  5. Tap Create.
  6. Tap the account and folder where you’d like to store your doc.
  7. Tap Set Location.
  8. Tap Create.

A new blank doc will open.

On Android

  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap the “+” (plus sign) in the bottom-right.
  3. Tap Create new Paper doc.
    • Note: If you don’t see Create new Paper doc as an option, you’re using the older release of Dropbox Paper instead of the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper. If you’re using the older release, you can only create Paper docs on mobile from the Paper mobile app.
  4. Title your new doc.
  5. Tap Create file.

A new blank doc will open.

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