Welcome to Box Tutorials! To get started, watch this introductory video. To learn more about other Box features, check out other videos. There are four categories to choose from:
- File Management - upload, move or copy, search, etc.
- Sharing and Collaboration - generate a share link, invite collaborators, customize share links, etc.
- Account Customization - change profile, customize Box notifications, generate Embed or Upload links, etc.
- Box Apps - learn more about productivity apps
Learn more about instructor-led Box workshops, how to access Box from your mobile device, Box Sync pros and cons, and more. Click on the topic below.
There are lots of resources to help you get started using Box, many of them right here on this website! You can find a number of Box tutorials and videos, sorted by topic on the "How Do I Use Box To..." page. If you'd like to have step-by-step instructions on how to move through Box, check out our Box Quick Steps page, which is packed full of handouts.
If you prefer instructor-led workshops to help you get to know Box essentials, learn tips and tricks, or become a Box expert, ITS offers them throughout the year. You can read up on the workshops and register here. If you'd like to schedule departmental training, contact Janet Lee.
How To Guides for Mobile covers the following topics:
- Box for iOS 4.0
- Box for Android 4.0
- Using Box in your Mobile Browser
- Box for iOS: Using Box Notes
- What File Types Are Supported By Box's iOS Preview?
- Box for Windows Phone Overview and FAQs
- Mobile Security Settings Overview And FAQs
What is Box Sync? Why doesn't ITS recommend it?
Box Sync is one of the apps available to use with Box. You may have heard a lot about Box Sync from your colleagues. You may want to use it because it seems the same as the shortcut to your old network drives.
ITS does not recommend Box Sync because it works much differently than just being a shortcut. Instead, Box Sync copies a version of ALL those files and folders on your computer. Depending on how many files and folders you've chosen to sync (like your entire Department Box, for example), your computer hard drive could fill up very quickly, and much of your internet connection could be taken up by constant file updates happening between the cloud and your local file.
Using Box Sync to store many files locally can also increase the risk of the files being infected by viruses and/or malware.
Box Sync also ignores the following file types and shortcuts:
- Temporary files and folders (.tmp and files starting with the ~ character)
- Backup copies of files (.bak)
- System and hidden files (hidden folders are synced while hidden files are not synced)
- Shortcuts created via the Internet Explorer or Finder File names that have 8 uppercase hexadecimal digits (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E, or F) For example: 1234AD38 or ABE32BD0
- Web-based documents (such as .gdoc, .gsheet, bookmarks, and .boxnote)
- Hard links (a file that has multiple directory entries associated with it will not be synced)
- Box Sync blocks these file types: Outlook Archive Files *.pst *.qbw *.nd *.qbw.tlg *.des *.qba *.qba.tlg *.qbr *.qby *.qbi *.qdt
Please try uploading these files from the Box using Upload Files or Upload Folders.
The web interface of your Box account is really the easiest way to benefit from all of Box's collaboration features, plus you can easily search for any file you have access to! Log into Box at box.lmu.edu.
Alternatives to Box Sync
Box Edit: Box Edit is a free app provided by Box that allows you to edit files directly from box.lmu.edu. Box Edit allows you to use the software installed on your computer to edit files stored on Box, giving you the convenience of simply clicking to open a file while still using the web browser to access those files.
Box for Office: Box for Office is a free PC add-on that helps you open Box files directly from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, then save to Box. You can even share the files without leaving the Office application.
Web interface: Accessing the files stored on Box through box.lmu.edu instead of on your desktop provides access to the collaborative features that make Box special.