Create and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Dropbox

Dropbox for G Suite lets you create, organize, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in dropbox.com or the Dropbox desktop application.

Notes:

Any Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides created in Dropbox save to your Dropbox account and count toward your storage space. Changes made to these Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides automatically save back to your Dropbox account. They do not save back to Google Drive or your Google account in any way.

You can also edit your Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) in Google (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) from Dropbox.

Create Google Docs/Sheets/Slides on dropbox.com

To create new Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides on dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Create new file.
  3. Click Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  4. Choose where you’d like the file to be stored by selecting a folder.
  5. Click Create.

The file (and any changes made to it) will save back to your Dropbox account.

Note: This feature may not work as expected on Internet Explorer 11.

Create Google Docs/Sheets/Slides in the Dropbox desktop application

To create new Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in the Dropbox desktop application:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in the system tray or menu bar.
  2. Click the “+”.
  3. Click Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  4. Choose a name and a location for your file.
  5. Click Create.

The file (and any changes made to it) will save back to your Dropbox account.

Open Google Docs/Sheets/Slides in the Dropbox mobile app

In the Dropbox mobile app, you can open previews of a Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and save them for offline viewing, but you can’t create or edit them.

Share Google Docs/Sheets/Slides with Dropbox

You can share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides exactly the same way you would share any file stored in Dropbox. 

You can choose to give Can edit or Can view access to your Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, even when sharing with a link. You can further limit access to your shared links in your file’s Link settings. 

Open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in Google

You can open and edit any Microsoft (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files) in Google (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) right from Dropbox. Any changes you make in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will automatically save back to the Microsoft Office file in Dropbox. 

To open and edit a Microsoft Office file in Google from your Dropbox account:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over any Word (.docx), Excel (.xlsx), or PowerPoint (.pptx) file.
  3. Click Open with.
  4. Click Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  • Note: This doesn’t apply to .doc, .xls, and .ppt files

You can also set you Microsoft files to open in Google by default.

I’m experiencing issues creating Google Docs/Sheets/Slides in Dropbox

Note: To use Dropbox for G suite, the email you use for your Google account must match the email you use for your Dropbox account. 

If you experience any issues with the feature:

  • Try enabling third-party cookies in your browser settings
  • Make sure you’re signed into the Google account that shares the same email with your Dropbox account
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