What is the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper?

The 2020 release of Dropbox Paper is a new release of Paper that will allow you to store all of your Paper docs on dropbox.com with your other files and folders instead of separately on paper.dropbox.com. Other than the change to their location, you’ll keep all of your Paper docs and they’ll have very similar functionality to the functionality they had before.

Paper docs will have the file extension .paper and Paper templates will have the file extension .papert.

If you’re a team admin, visit our 2020 release of Dropbox Paper FAQs for team admins.

When do I get the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper?

The 2020 release of Dropbox Paper will be rolling out to all Dropbox customers over the coming months. Look for an email from Dropbox that lets you know when you’ll be getting the release.

Am I already using the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper?

Some Dropbox customers are already using the 2020 release. To find out which release you’re using:

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

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

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

Can I start using the 2020 release right now?

Dropbox will invite users to opt in on their own prior to the release. Be on the lookout for news about this option in your email and on the Dropbox blog.

Can I keep using the old release instead?

No. All Dropbox users will soon be using the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper.

What happens to my existing Paper docs when I start using the 2020 release?

When you start using the 2020 release, your existing Paper docs are migrated from paper.dropbox.com to your account on dropbox.com. Paper docs that you own will be placed in a folder called Paper Docs. If you’re on a Dropbox Business team, Paper docs that your team owns, will be placed in a folder called Team Paper Docs. Then, you can move them to any folder in your Dropbox account.

Will the sharing permissions on my Paper docs stay the same?

After getting the 2020 release, all sharing permissions will remain exactly the same on all of your Paper docs and folders that were moved, and shared links will continue to work as before. Under no circumstances will Dropbox grant anyone access to a 2020 release doc if users did not have the right to view or edit the document before the 2020 release.

However, the ownership of some Paper docs may change. With the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper, Paper doc ownership is transferred to the owner of the containing folder, but only if that owner had editing permissions on all of the docs the folder contained. If the folder owner didn’t have editing permissions on all of the docs inside the folder, the docs are split into multiple folders and their owners stay the same.

Once you have the 2020 release of Paper, your docs can be shared and restored just like regular files and folders in your Dropbox account.

Will Paper docs take up space on my Dropbox account?

Paper docs will take up very little space in your Dropbox account—less than 100 bytes, which is less than a 30th of a standard document file.

How do I create new Paper docs with the 2020 release of Paper?

To create a Paper doc on dropbox.com with the 2020 release of Dropbox Paper:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Create new file (dropbox.com).
  3. Click Dropbox Paper or Dropbox Paper template.

Can 2020 release docs be saved and edited offline?

With Paper 2020, offline editing is still available in the Paper mobile app.

On the Dropbox desktop app, Paper docs are stored as web-based files and can only open on dropbox.com. They can only be stored on your computer if exported as a PDF, .docx, or .md file first.

What will change in the Paper mobile app with the 2020 release of Paper?

With the 2020 release, you can continue to use your Paper docs in the Paper mobile app exactly as you did before.

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