To insert any type of file—including an image, video, or document—into the body of a Paper doc, you can simply drag and drop it in, as long as it's under 50 MB.
To drag a file into a Dropbox Paper doc:
- Open the desired Paper doc.
- Drag any file into that doc. A blue line will appear to help you place it.
Your file will automatically upload to a folder in your Dropbox called Paper Uploads. Dropbox will then create a link to that file and paste it into your Paper doc.
Note: Images won't be uploaded to your Dropbox and won't count towards your storage quota.
You can also manually insert a file:
- Click into an empty line in your Paper doc.
- Click the Add media icon in the menu that appears.
- Choose a file.
What happens if I drag in a file that’s already in my Dropbox?
If you drag in a file that matches one already in your Dropbox account, it will link to the existing file to preserve space in your account.
If you drag in a file that partially matches one already in your Dropbox, you’ll see the message: Item may already exist in Dropbox. You can then choose to:
- Link to the existing file in your Dropbox account
- Or, use the new file you dragged in
Can I drag multiple files into a Dropbox Paper doc at once?
Yes, you can drag multiple files into a Paper doc at the same time as long as they’re within your Dropbox space limit.
Can I drag a folder into a Dropbox Paper doc?
No, currently you can only drag files into a Paper doc. However, you can insert a link to a folder.
What will my files look like once they’re dropped in?
If you drag in a file type that’s supported by Paper, you’ll see a snapshot, or preview, of the file. See a full list of supported file types here.
If your file type isn’t supported by Paper, you’ll see a UFO icon and the name of your file. You’ll still be able to click and access your file—you just won’t see a preview of it.
Learn more about which file types will preview and how to customize those previews.