How to use Dropbox Paper

Paper is a Dropbox product. You need a Dropbox account to access Paper. Paper is available to all Dropbox customers.

Note: If you're on a Dropbox Business team, your admin may have disabled Paper. Contact your admin if you can't access Paper.

If you're a Dropbox customer, you can learn more about Dropbox Paper with a free hands-on virtual training.

In this 30-minute course, a live instructor will show you how to use Paper with your team. You'll also get tips and tricks, and see how to manage access.

Multiple classes are available each week. Register now.

Do Paper docs count towards my Dropbox storage quota?

Not currently. For now, Dropbox Paper doesn't place a limit on the number of docs you can create, and includes unlimited version history regardless of the Dropbox plan you are on. However, we may revisit this policy in the future.

Are my Paper docs stored in my Dropbox folders?

For most users, Paper docs are stored separately on However, you may be using the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper, which allows you to store Paper docs in your Dropbox folders on, with your other files and folders.

Paper 2020 will allow you to continue to create, edit, and share Paper docs the same as you did before. We’re working hard to release Paper 2020 to all users in the near future. 

Can I add Dropbox files and folders to my Paper doc?

While you can’t directly access your Dropbox files and folders in Paper, you can link or embed a file from your Dropbox directly in a doc (for example, an image or media file).

Note: You can also copy and paste the URL of a file or folder into a Paper doc and it will link to it automatically.

To link to a file from your Dropbox:

  1. Click an empty line in your Paper doc.
  2. From the toolbar that appears to the right, click the Insert from Dropbox icon (it looks like the Dropbox logo).
  3. In the pop-up window, select the file you'd like to add to the doc.

To link to a folder from your Dropbox:

  1. Click an empty line in your Paper doc.
  2. From the toolbar that appears to the right, click the Insert from Dropbox icon (it looks like the Dropbox logo).
  3. Click the checkbox next to the folder you’d like to link to.
  4. Click Choose.

Do I need to be signed in to Dropbox to access Paper?

Yes, you must be signed in to Dropbox to access Paper. If you aren’t signed in to Dropbox, you are prompted to sign in when you visit the Paper homepage.

Is Paper included in the Dropbox API?

Paper API v1 allows you to share, archive, delete, or export docs. Third-party partners can build solutions that help Dropbox Business admins oversee employee activity, manage sharing policies, and protect data.

Learn more about the Paper API.

Does Paper have the same levels of security and privacy I get with Dropbox?

Paper has the same level of security as Dropbox, with a few exceptions for Dropbox Business teams.

Learn more about security at Dropbox.

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