How to create and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Dropbox

Dropbox for Google Workspace lets you create, organize, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on dropbox.com.

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 your Google Drive or Google account in any way.

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Create Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Click the folder you'd like to store your file in.
  4. Click Create.
  5. Hover over Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation depending on the type of file you’d like to create.
  6. Click Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.

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.

Open Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the Dropbox mobile app

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

Share Google Docs, Sheets, and 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, and Slides, even when sharing with a link. You can further limit access to your shared links in your file’s link settings or deactivate a link after you’ve created it.

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

You can open and edit Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) with Google (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) right from Dropbox. To do so:

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

Any changes you make to these files will automatically save back to the Microsoft Office file in Dropbox.

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

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

To use Dropbox for Google Workspace, the email you use for your Google account must match the email you use for your Dropbox account. If it doesn’t match, you can change the email address associated with your Dropbox account.

If you experience any issues with the feature:

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