How to create Google and Microsoft web based files in Dropbox

You can create Google (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and Microsoft (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) web based files right from Dropbox. 

How do I create new Microsoft Office Online files from Dropbox?

Visit this article for frequently asked questions about Dropbox and Microsoft Office. 

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click My files.
  3. Click Create a new file.
  4. Select Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  5. Sign in to Office Online and create a new file. 

Important notes on creating Office Online files from Dropbox:

  • When you click Create a new file and select a file type, you'll be redirected to Office Online
  • When you create a new file through Office Online, a link to this file is automatically saved to Dropbox for easy access
  • You must have an Office Online subscription to use this feature

How to create Google Docs/Sheets/Slides on dropbox.com

You can create, organize, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides from dropbox.com or the Dropbox desktop application. Any changes you make automatically save back to your Dropbox account.

  • Note: This is only available on Chrome and Safari

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.

How to 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 Create new file.
  4. Click Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  5. Click Create.

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

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

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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