Dropbox: Open Documents in Desktop Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)


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How to open Microsoft files stored in Dropbox in the desktop Office 365 productivity apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).


There are two options for opening a Microsoft file stored in Dropbox in an Office 365 productivity app:

  1. Open files locally using the Dropbox app folder located in your Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows) directory (RECOMMENDED)
  2. Open a Microsoft file from your U-M Dropbox account on the web by hovering over the file, clicking Open, and selecting "Open in [APP NAME]" from the drop-down menu
    1. This method is not recommended as it is known to not work on a consistent basis

Drop-down Open menu for a Microsoft Word document in Dropbox

For both options, you must have the following requirements in place before attempting to open the file:

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