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Box is a collaboration and file-sharing service for Montana State University students, faculty and staff. Box is a great resource for sharing and storing institutional and educational files!
Box is free for Montana State students, faculty and staff and your storage amount is unlimited. Box is designed for use by institutions such as MSU while other products are more for individual, consumer use. Box also offers features such as content and task management, online work-space for collaboration, permission levels and more.
Free cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. are storage solutions available to anyone. MSU decided to purchase and support Box as a standard storage platform to use for storing and sharing institutional and educational data.
No. Box is available to students, faculty and staff at MSU Bozeman and MSU Northern.
Box's accessible web application and site is a.box.com.
The a.box.com site/webapp:
- supports the primary functions of Box (and are the same a those provided in Box's mobile app)*
- requires the same login instructions as montana.box.com
- functions with browser based accessibility programs and voiceover utilities
(like tools included in the Read&Write Gold (RWG) software that is available at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, students.
*NOTE on functionality: while a.box.com supports the primary functions of Box, it does not support all functions. For example, you cannot upload an entire folder on a.box.com only folders.
For more details about the functionality the a.box.com site provides visit: http://community.box.com/t5/Account-Information/Using-A-Box-Com-For-Accessibility/ta-p/2781
All faculty, staff and students at MSU Bozeman and MSU Northern
No. MSU Box accounts are available for students, faculty and staff to use if they choose. However, we believe that Box is an excellent resource for institutional and educational data and recommend using it.
Box’s robust file sharing and collaboration platform allows individual account holders to create folders that function just as a group folder or account would, making group and/or departmental accounts unnecessary. Additionally multiple people can be given owner-level permission for the folder, which will ensure consistent access to the folder should an owner leave.
With the ability to set different access levels for each user invited to collaborate in a folder and to any folders/files nested within it, folder owners can assign permission based on each individual's need and level of interaction required for data in that folder.
No, MSU has a campus-wide license that provides Box accounts for all MSU faculty, staff, and students at no additional cost.
If you used your email@example.com email address to sign up for a box account, your account and its contents and files will automatically be migrated to a Montana State Box account.
The Montana State Box account is a great resource for the MSU Community to share and store institutional and educational data. This account will be associated with your firstname.lastname@example.org (or @student.montana.edu) email address.
If you need to collaborate with a non-Montana State user, or would like to have an account that is not affiliated with Montana State, Box offers free personal storage accounts. Anyone can have this type of account and these are maintained by Box. The limit for these non-MSU accounts is 10GB. If you choose to create a non-MSU BOX account, associate this personal account with an email address other than your MSU email account. Please see Box.com for information on personal accounts.
- Invite your Montana State Box Account to be a an Editor of your folder in your personal
- You must invite your Montana State BOX Account using your @montana.edu or @student.montana.edu email address
- Accept this invite in your Montana State BOX Account
- In your personal BOX account go the folder you've shared and make your Montana State BOX Account the OWNER of the folder
- By making your Montana State BOX Account the Folder Owner, your personal BOX account becomes an Editor and no longer owns the folder.
- Any collaborators who have been added directly to the folder will see it in their root folders
- Any collaborators who have been added at the parent-folder level or above will no longer be collaborators
You can now leave this folder as is in your Montana State BOX Account, or move the files to new or existing folders in your Montana State BOX Account.
Your content will remain in Box for 130 days after your last active date of enrollment at MSU. During this time it is up to you to move your content elsewhere. After the 130 day period expires you will no longer be able to access your Montana State Box account.
You can create a free, personal Box account and move any personal content from your MSU Box account to it. Please note, the storage limit will decrease from unlimited to 10GB. You are responsible for moving any content you’d like to keep and any charges incurred for storing it.
IMPORTANT: Before your separation with Montana State University, it is up to you to move appropriate non-Montana State owned content elsewhere, or reassign ownership of Montana State owned content to another user. If you have questions on what is appropriate non-Montana State owned content, please consult your supervisor.
As part of the exit process, your supervisor will fill out the SEPARATION/TERMINATION CHECKLIST. Once this form is received and processed, you will no longer be able to access your Montana State Box account.
You can create a free, personal Box account and move appropriate non-Montana State owned any content from your MSU Box account to the personal account. Please note, the storage limit will decrease from unlimited to 10GB. You are responsible for moving any content you’d like to keep and any charges incurred for storing it.
Other helpful FAQs:
Your name and email address associated with Box will automatically be changed in Box settings when your @montana.edu email address is updated to reflect your name change. If you have questions on this process please contact the UIT Service Desk at email@example.com or 994-1777.
Due to technical requirements from the vendor the email address connected to your Box account cannot be changed once the account is created.
If you would like to receive messages at a different email account please forward emails from the primary exchange email account to the selected email address.
Box Tools is another name for Box Edit v4. If searching for it on the Official Box Apps page be sure to look for Box Edit.
Box Drive is an app that allows users to stream contents of their Box account contents directly to their desktop, however the contents are only available while you have an internet connection.
See About Box Drive for details
Box apps connect your Box account to other applications and services to allow seamless integration of Box into your workflow.
See Official Box Apps for a list of those available to use at MSU.
See https://www.box.com/box-for-devices/ for more information.
Popular Box apps include:
Box Edit (Box Tools): Box Edit is an add-on feature that allows you to edit or create files
directly on Box using applications installed natively on your desktop. Visit Using Box Edit for more complete details including how to install.
Box Sync: a productivity tool that allows you to mirror data stored on Box to your desktop and easily navigate content stored on Box website through your computers native file browsing interface. IMPORTANT: You should NOT use Box Sync to sync folders that contain restricted information as this will also store a copy of the data on your local hard drive.
See About Box Sync for detailed information.
Box for Office: helps you create, edit, and share your documents more effectively. Box for Office includes Box functionality for key Office products—Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—in a single app. See Box for Office Integrations for complete details on downloading and using.
Please see Understand the Box Policy for Browser and OS Support to learn which OS versions and browsers Box supports.
- Any 97 - 2003 files (.xls, .ppt, .doc) cannot be edited with Office Online.
- File size limits apply when editing files with Box and Office Online:
- Excel: 5MB
- PowerPoint: 500MB
- Word: 500MB
For files exceeding the size limit use your desktop version of Office to open.
Box allows for full-text search of the current versions of files uploaded to your account. It cannot search documents that are images or scanned copies of documents.
It is not recommended to use Box Sync if you are storing restricted data on Box as you could accidentally sync the sensitive data to the cloud and/or desktop. You should never use Box Sync to sync any data that is restricted or that contains student information as this will create a copy of the data on your local hard drive. If ever in doubt contact the UIT Service Desk at 994-1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a couple different ways to unsync a folder:
- Log into your Box account at montana.box.com.
- Click the name of the the folder to unsync.
- In the page that opens, click Details, it is located just below the Upload button in the upper right of page.
- Slide/click Sync to Desktop Off.
- Log into Box > Hover over the row where your folder is located > click More options (...) button located at the end of the row next to the Share button > click More Actions > Unsync.
If you want to unsync a file and would rather not unsync the entire folder simply move the file to a new folder (outside of the synced folder).
For more information on syncing see Box Sync 4.x FAQ.
Yes you can.
Visit Box Integration with Teams & Spark to learn more about how Box can be used with each app and how to set up the integration.
Third party applications are not allowed for use with Box. Please visit the Official Box Applications site for a list of the approved apps.
Box University is a training site from Box.com on Box features and functionality. There are both live and online delivery options. Most courses are free. Users will be responsible to pay for courses that charge a fee.
Box University is separate from the Montana State University Box account and requires a separate login and password.
See also Box User Training Videos for more free training.
Folder owners can transfer ownership of a folder to another user thereby removing themselves as the folder's owner. See Transferring Folder Ownership to learn how.
For MSU employees, if the owner of the folder content has left MSU, and you can no longer see the content, please submit a ticket to email@example.com with the following items:
- Your (requestor's) contact info:
- Name of previous content owner
- Folder name or document name of which you need to become the owner
- Written permission from the former employee's manager, verifying you are the appropriate new owner of the content
Other helpful FAQ's
Yes, you can use FTP, however it should only be used for bulk file uploads (or downloads) to your account and you'll need to set up an FTPS (secure) connection.
For information and instructions, visit Using Box with FTP.
You can email files directly to Box using folder email addresses.
To enable a folder for uploads and find its email upload address:
- Click the More Options icon in the row of folder you’d like to enable for receiving email uploads.
- Select Settings and scroll down to Uploading.
- Check the box next to: Allow uploads to this folder via email.
The email address for the selected folder will be displayed.
Choose optional upload settings:
- If you want to only give collaborators the ability to email uploads, check the box next to Only allow email uploads from collaborators in this folder.
- If you want files with same name to be overwritten, check the box next to Overwrite files with the same name when uploading by email or widget.
4. Copy the email address to use for uploads to the folder.
5. Click Save Changes at the top of the page.
To upload files using folder address:
- Open a new email message and enter the address given to you in steps above.
- Attach a file and send.
You will receive a “success” email from Box when the file has been successfully uploaded.
Yes, you can. Follow the instructions above to enable the folder for upload and to obtain the folder's email address. Use the scan to email function on your scanner and for the destination address enter the email address for your folder.
You can upload any type of digital file on box.
The content viewer, that allows you to preview files within the web browser, does have some restrictions. See File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview for details.
Please refer to MSU's Data Storage Guidelines for Box to see what types of data/information are OK to store on Box.
The file upload size limit is 15GB. Please note that uploading a 15GB file could take up to 40 minutes at 50Mbps.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Internet Explorerapplies file-size upload and download limits that supersede Box account-level upload limits. Users accessing Box through Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8 can upload files up to 2GB in size. These limits do not apply if the user selects the Upload Folders option, which uses Java. Please see our Box Help article What Is the Box Policy for Browser and OS Support? for more information.
Users cannot pause or resume a large file upload during upload. If there is an error, the user will need to reattempt the upload.
PLEASE NOTE: UNLIMITED STORAGE, DOES NOT MEAN UNLIMITED BANDWIDTH. Please be aware that it still takes time to upload high numbers of files or large files to the cloud because this service still utilizes the internet download and upload speeds are subject to internet performance, traffic volume and latency.
Every time you save a document and upload it to box, you create a new version. If you utilize BOX edit you will upload a new version every time you click the “Save” button. if using Microsoft Online Apps (Word, Excel, PPT) due to recovery settings in these online applications new versions will be saved every 1 minute while you are actively working in the document.
Deleted files are kept in the Trash folder for 30 days. Upon expiration, files are auto-deleted.
To hide activity on a specific folder’s contents from everyone’s feed
- In Box, navigate to the folder you want and hover over it.
- Click the …, and from the menu that displays click Settings. The Folder Settings page displays.
- Scroll down to the File View Activity section, and click Hide file view activity in this folder.
Feed will not display any activity on any file stored in this folder.
Working with sensitive data: If your work routinely involves sensitive data – if you work in HR or in legal, for example – you may want to prevent all of your feed activity from showing up in others’ feeds.
To hide all of your Feed activity from others’ feeds
- On the top right portion of the screen, go to Account Settings > Sharing. In the page that displays, scroll down to the File View Activity
- Check Hide My File View Activity.
If you hide your activity, no action you take ever generates a feed post.
If you decide to redisplay file activity that you've hidden:
The actions you take from the moment you redisplay it are reflected in Feed. Actions you took while you were “hiding” never display.
Yes, with Box Presence, if you are the editor, co-owner or owner of a file you will be able see recent file activity on that file's preview page.
On the top of the file window and to the left of the Open button as shown below, the
avatars of people who have recently edited, viewed or commented on the file will be
displayed. Hover over them to see more details.
For more info see: Tracking File Activity.
When searching for a user to invite them to collaborate in a folder, use their full, legal name or their email address.
If the individual is not an MSU Bozeman user (MSU Bozeman student, faculty or staff member) their email address will not come up. Please enter the full email address of the collaborator to invite them.
- Login into Your Account,
- Click on Your Name on the Top Right Corner
- Go to Account Settings
- Click on Content & Sharing
- Scroll to Collaborating on Content
- Un check the Box
- Click Save
In Box you can “Share this Folder” either by choosing "Get Shared Link" or "Invite Collaborators". So, what's the difference and which should you choose?
Choose "Invite Collaborators" when you need to share a folder (and its contents) with a person or group of people for an extended period of time, and especially if they need access beyond being able to just view the folder contents. See Collaborate By Inviting Others for complete information and instructions.
Get Shared Link
Choose "Get Shared Link" if you quickly need to share content with a person who only needs to be able to view or download it. A shared link also allows you to share content with people outside of MSU by customizing link settings.
See Using Shared Links for complete information and instructions as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
IMPORTANT: A shared link DOES NOT invite the recipient of the link to be a collaborator.