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Install Box Sync for Windows


Box Sync is a utility that you download . It replicates folders within your Box account to your computer. Once you have selected folders through the Box web interface that you would like to replicate, you can create, edit, and delete documents directly through a Box Sync folder on your computer using your native applications (such as Microsoft Word or Excel). All changes automatically sync back to your online Box account.

System requirements:

  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8 and 8.1 (64-bit), and Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Note: There are known issues with installing both Box Sync and Box Drive on the same machine. If you want to use Box Drive, do not install Box Sync. Learn more about Box Desktop Integration.

Install Box Sync

  1. Log in to Stanford University Box or Stanford Medicine Box, depending on your affiliation.
  2. Click the downward arrow/Synced on the left side of the window.

    click Synced
  3. In the middle of the next window, click the link labeled Click here to download Box Sync.

    click link to access screen to download Box Sync
  4. Click the Box Sync button to download Box Sync for Windows.

    download Box Sync
  5. Double-click the Box Sync installer file (typically located in your Downloads folder) to run the installer.
  6. Agree to the terms in the license agreement and then click Install.

    license agreement
  7. When the installation has completed successfully, click Launch.

    launch Box Sync
  8. The Box Sync Login dialog box displays. (Note: It may be located behind another window.)
    Enter your email address and then click Log In.

    use your @Stanford email address to log in to Box
  9. If a Login window is displayed, enter your SUNet ID and Password , and then click Login. You may also be prompted for two-step authentication.
  10. On the Welcome to Box Sync window, click Start Syncing.

    start syncing
  11. A Synced window displays when the sync has completed and a Box Sync shortcut box sync shortcut in taskbar  is created on your desktop.

    screen indicating that the sync has completed

Sync folders

  1. In your Box account, click the All Files on the left side of the window.
  2. To sync a folder to your computer, right-click the folder that you want to sync and then click More Actions > Sync.

    choose a folder to sync to your computer
  3. A banner message briefly displays when the sync is complete.

    Folder synced message displayed when syc is complete
  4. The folder now appears in the Box Sync folder on your computer. Whenever you change or add content to the Box folders on your computer, the changes are automatically saved to your Box account.

    Box Sync folder displayed in C:\users\sunet id\Box Sync folder
  5. When you add or change content to synced folders in your Box account, the changes are automatically saved to your Box folders on your computer. To see your synced folders in Box, click the downward arrow/Synced in the left panel.

    folders synced to desktop are displayed by clicking the Synced icon

Get help

If you need assistance, please see Box Sync information on the Box Community website or submit a Help ticket.

Last modified January 14, 2019