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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 next to your name in the upper-right corner of the window and then click Get Box Sync.

    get Box Sync
  3. Click the Box Sync button to download Box Sync for Windows.

    download Box Sync
  4. Double-click the Box Sync installer file (typically located in your Downloads folder) to run the installer.
  5. Agree to the terms in the license agreement and then click Install.
    license agreement
  6. When the installation has completed successfully, click Launch.

    launch Box Sync
  7. 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
  8. If a WebLogin screen is displayed, enter your SUNet ID and Password , and then click Login.
  9. On the Welcome to Box Sync screen, click Start Syncing.

    start syncing
  10. A Box Sync shortcut is created on your desktop when the sync has completed.

    screen indicating that the sync has completed

Sync folders

  1. In your Box account, click the Files icon in the toolbar.
  2. To sync a folder to your computer, right-click the folder you want to sync and then click Properties > Sync to Computer.

    sync a folder to your computer
  3. When prompted to confirm that you want to mark this folder so that it will sync to your computer, click Sync Folder.

    confirm you want to sync the folder to your computer
  4. The folder now appears in the Box Sync folder on your computer. Now, 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 on your computer
  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. Synced folders are indicated by an icon on the folder.

    indication that folder is being synced

Get help

If you need assistance, please see Box Sync Help or submit a Help ticket.

Last modified June 30, 2017