In Microsoft Office, you can save your files to any where at your computer’s hard disk. But, now with the modern versions (Office 2007, 2010, 2013), you can also store files at the SkyDrive. The SkyDrive, a cloud service provided by Microsoft is added by default in your Office package. It allows to send files directly to the connected SkyDrive account from the Office work space. But what, if you wanted to save your documents or spreadsheets to Dropbox or Google Drive right from it?
You could save your files to the local Dropbox or Google Drive folder and let them to be synced automatically. But it is frustrating as you have to go through a long navigation path in order to save files from the ‘Save’ dialogue menu. A better solution is adding those cloud services into the Office installation itself so that, you can use them in a way as same as you do with the SkyDrive.
Here I’ll show how to add Dropbox and Google Drive to Microsoft Office 2013 as the storage service. Though this tutorial has been written for the Office 2013, the 2007 users also can make use of it.
What you need first to add several cloud services to MS Office is a simple script, developed separately for Dropbox and Google Drive. The scripts are nothing but some small Windows batch files which executes the DOS commands at a whole instead of making tiered by running each command separately from the command prompt.
Here, I’ll describe the step-by-step procedure for the Dropbox. You can then add Google drive or any other cloud service by following the same guidelines with the appropriate batch file.
How to add Dropbox to MS Office 2013 as a storage service
Download the batch file for Dropbox from the above links. Your browser will probably flag that file as a ‘Potentially harmful application’. But simply, ignore the warning and decide to keep it at your computer. Once downloaded, double click the executive file. It will open a command prompt in your Windows computer.
Put the location of your local Dropbox folder when prompted the hit the ‘Enter’ key from the keyboard. The script will do everything to make the Dropbox available for your Office interface.
The next step is to add the Dropbox service into the installed Office application. For that, open the Office application from the program menu or the desktop shortcut or whatever the method you like and click the ‘File’ menu item. Now go to ‘Account’ and sign-in with your existing Microsoft Office account credentials. Once you’re logged in, you can see the ‘Add Service’ option at the bottom of the account page. Click Add Service > Storage > Dropbox.
That’s it. Wait for a while and notice that the Dropbox has been added under the ‘Connected Services’. From now, you can save any file at you Dropbox by visiting through File > Save As > Dropbox.
You can also open any file from your Dropbox folder. Just go to the ‘Open’ screen and you can see that the Dropbox has been added at their. Click Dropbox icon, browse the location and open the file with your Office application.
Anytime if you decide to remove the Dropbox from your Office application, just go to the account page and click the ‘Remove’ link under the Dropbox icon.
This installation happens with your current Office account. So, if you change it, you will have to re-run the procedure again for a new Office account. Also, if you want to integrate Dropbox with Office at every computer of your network, you have to run this script separately in each machine.
Not only the Dropbox and Google Drive, you can also add any other service at your Microsoft Office installation. Just get this file and enjoy various storage service in to the Office 2013.