How to use the Dropbox Paper desktop app

In addition to using to access and share your Paper docs, you can download and install the Dropbox Paper desktop app to access your docs directly from your desktop.
The Dropbox Paper desktop app is currently in beta and only available to some Dropbox users on Mac and Windows computers.

How to install the Paper desktop app

To install the Paper desktop app:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click the “?” icon in the lower right corner.
  3. Click Get desktop app.

Alternatively, you can click Download beta app in the banner at the top of

How to change your default Paper doc open settings

To choose where you want your Paper docs to automatically open:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Click your profile picture.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Connected apps.
  5. Under Paper desktop app, toggle between Open in desktop app or Open in web browser.

Keyboard shortcuts in the Paper desktop app

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly do things like search within a doc or create a new doc. Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command+' to open/close the sidebar (Control for Windows)
  • Command+F to search within a doc
  • Command+O to search your Dropbox account
  • Command+N to create a new doc

To see all available shortcuts, click the keyboard icon on the bottom right.

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