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1. Go to

2. Click the Sign in with SSO link as shown in the image below. 
Image Box first-time login screen with link to SSO
2. Enter your Montana State email address ([email protected] or [email protected]) and click SIGN IN.
Image of 2nd step of first time login process

You will be taken to Montana State's Single Sign On page

3. Enter your NetID and NetID password.  (example: a12b345)
MSU Web Login/Single Sign on page

After you have logged into once, the next time you log in will see the screen below. Click the Continue button.

Box Login Photo 1

Then proceed as in step 3 above. 

Box Login Image 2



Box has apps for many mobile devices, such as Android tablets and phones and iOS devices. You can also use'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)

Box Mobile Sign in 1

3. Tap on Log In

4. Select  Use Single Sign On located below the Log In button.

 Box Mobile Sign in 2

5. Enter your .edu email address and tap Log In.

Box Mobile Sign in 3

6. Enter NetID and NetID Password.

Box Mobile Sign in 4

7. Tap Log In.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the blue Log into Box button. Box University login screen showing blue login with Box button, circled in red.
    In the Log in to grant access to Box window that opens (see image below):
  3. Enter your ( address and NetID password. 
  4. Click Authorize. 
    Log in to grant access to Box login fields for email address, password and the authorize button.

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:

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

App Access in Box Image 1

2. Input your [email protected] email address in the field and click "Authorize"

App Access Box Image 2


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:

  1. Click the link below to download the Box Drive application:
  2. 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. Enter your MSU email address in the first window:Box Drive login
  3. In the next window, enter your NetID and NetID password.
  4. If you had Box Sync installed, you will be prompted to safely uninstall Box Sync once Box Drive has fully installed: 

    Box Drive's Box Sync Uninstaller


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 protected].

To sync files from Box to your computer

  1. Log into to your Box account at
  2. 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

Watch this video for a brief outline about co-authoring in Box with Office Online

Learn more about creating files through Box and editing in Office Online

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

Editing with Box Edit

Learn about

  • 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.

Sharing content from Box

Learn about

  • the two methods of sharing in Box
  • how and when each method should be used
  • security settings and permissions


Training/Learning Resources