Getting Started with Box
How do I...
1. Go to https://montana.box.com
2. Click the Sign in with SSO link as shown in the image below.
2. Enter your Montana State email address (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and click SIGN IN.
You will be taken to Montana State's Single Sign On page
3. Enter your NetID and NetID password. (example: a12b345)
After you have logged into montana.box.com once, the next time you log in will see the screen below. Click the Continue button.
Then proceed as in step 3 above.
Box has apps for many mobile devices, such as Android tablets and phones and iOS devices. You can also use box.com's mobile site.
To install and use Box mobile apps, follow the instructions below. If logging in on the Box mobile website, start on instruction number 4(four).
1. Search for and install the Box App from the iTunes, Google Play store or the Windows Phone Store.
2. Once installed, open the app and swipe left until you reach the screen below (screen will have a login or sign up button)
3. Tap on Log In.
4. Select Use Single Sign On located below the Log In button.
5. Enter your .edu email address and tap Log In.
6. Enter NetID and NetID Password.
7. Tap Log In.
- Go to https://training.box.com.
- Click the blue Log into Box button.
In the Log in to grant access to Box window that opens (see image below):
- Enter your @montana.edu (@student.montana.edu) address and NetID password.
- Click Authorize.
Box University will open.
Box integrates with other tools such as Microsoft Office products (e.g. Word, Outlook). Use one of the Office Box Applications for secure, supported integration. Check out the list and download these tools here: https://montana.app.box.com/services/browse/official
When a Box App is installed, users willl be required to "authorize" access for the App. Follow the instructions below to authorize this app.
1. When prompted, click on "use Single Sign On (SSO) link on the "Log in to grant access to Box" page
2. Input your firstname.lastname@example.org email address in the field and click "Authorize"
Box Drive is a productivity tool that allows you to mirror data stored on Box to your desktop so you can easily access and edit it from your computer regardless whether you are online or not. Any changes made while offline will be synced back to Box (and vice versa) the next time you are connected to the Internet.
Box Drive can be downloaded on multiple devices (i.e. your home computer and your work computer), whatever content you've chosen to sync from Box to one computer will be synced to any other device that has Box Drive installed on it.
View the Using Box Drive Basics page for a guide on how to get started using Box Drive.
NOTE: The Box Drive installer will prompt you to safely remove any previous version of Box Sync at the end of the installation process. This is recommended over manually uninstalling Box Sync. For more information, please visit Uninstalling Box Sync Using The Box Drive Installer.
Download Box Drive:
- Click the link below to download the Box Drive application:
- Click the Box Drive installer file (located in your Downloads folder or whatever location you chose to save it) and follow prompts to install.
Log into Box Drive
After installing Box Drive you'll need to log in to your Box account from the app to connect them. You won't have to log in from your desktop every time you use Box Drive, usually just the first time when getting set up.
- Open Box Drive (or you may be prompted automatically to Launch) if not, in Windows - click Box Drive
shortcut on desktop; in Mac - click icon in menu bar.
The Box Drive Login window opens.
- Enter your MSU email address in the first window:
- In the next window, enter your NetID and NetID password.
- If you had Box Sync installed, you will be prompted to safely uninstall Box Sync once
Box Drive has fully installed:
Box Drive does not store a copy of your Box files on your local drive by default, however, it does include the option to make folders available offline. This will store a copy of any files within the folder on your local drive. While it is ok to store restricted data in your Box account, it is not recommended to use Box Drive's "Make Available Offline" feature on any folders that contain data that is restricted. If ever in doubt, please contact the UIT Service Desk at 994-1777 or email@example.com.
To sync files from Box to your computer
- Log into to your Box account at montana.box.com.
- Click once on the folder or file you would like to sync to select it, then right-click on it > select More actions > select Sync.
Do this for all of the items you'd like to sync.
To sync items from your computer to Box:
Drag any file or folder you wish to put in Box into the Box Drive folder on your computer.
This will automatically sync it to Box.
You can also create new folders in your Box Drive folder. The folder and any items you save in it will also be synced to Box.
To make folders available offline:
Right-click the folder you want to make available offline and choose "Make Available
Offline" from the contexual menu.
Box Drive downloads this content to your device's hard drive so you can work when you're not connected to the Internet. When you get back online, Drive automatically uploads the revised content, so you are always working with the most up-to-date versions of your files. More information about making content available offline.
Box now supports real time document co-authoring through Office Online. This feature is now live and can be used today!
Some highlights about this feature:
- There is no need to convert a Microsoft Office document before working on it together (only Microsoft Office documents will work for this feature)
- The names of individuals editing a document appear in the upper right corner of browser when you open the document in Office Online
- Editor's cursors appear in a unique color with their name to show where each person is editing the document
- All edits are automatically saved
See Box FAQ for additional answers to common questions.
NEW Training from Box University
Two new self-paced courses from Box U. For a complete list check out the Training/Learning Resources section below.
Click on title heading to go to course.
- basics and best practices of Box Edit
- how to download/install*
- version history and how to use it
*The Box Edit app is also referred to as Box Tools on download page.
- the two methods of sharing in Box
- how and when each method should be used
- security settings and permissions
- Getting Started Guide for New Users - selection of articles to get you up & running on Box
- Box Community Training - an ever-growing library of great articles, tutorials and videos, part of the Box Community site
- Box University - online, self-paced, drop-in classes and scheduled events (for help logging in, see How do I log into Box U, above)