Box Sync


Box Sync 4 is a new version of the Box Sync application, and it allows you to have a copy of your USF Health Box files on your desktop and sync to your online account. Box Sync is a good feature where the use case matches it, so be sure to check out the information below which talks about when to use Box sync vs. the web interface.


Use Box Sync Don't Use Box Sync
  • Work frequently with large files stored in a folder on Box
  • Work on the files in a folder every day
  • Need access to mission critical files while offline
  • When you need access to files in Desktop Applications
  • Want Backup copies of your data in your Box Account
  • Avoid syncing files to multiple computers
  • Avoid reorganizing files and folders on the desktop
  • Files should be re-organized using the web interface
  • Box Sync 4 only supports NTFS and HFS filesystems
  • You cannot use Box sync to map files on networked drives

Alternatives to Box Sync

  • Box Edit
    Box Edit is a free app provided by Box that you can add to your computer that allows you to edit files directly from the web interface. 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 365
    Box for Office and Box for Office 365 are add-on apps 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, and if you are on Office 365 the same functionality is available as well.
  • Web interface
    Accessing the files stored on Box through the web interface at http://usfhealth.box.com instead of on your desktop.

Installing Box Sync 4.0

Windows:

  1. Download the Box Sync Setup EXE file.
  2. Open the EXE file from the Windows folder and follow the installation instructions.
  3. Box Sync will start automatically once the installation is complete.
  4. Your synced files are stored in a new folder called Box Sync. You can access this folder from the Favorites section in the left pane of Windows Explorer. Alternately, right-click the Box Sync icon in the system tray (bottom right corner of your screen - near the clock) and click Open Sync Folder.

Mac:

  1. Download the Box Sync Installer DMG file from box.com/sync4mac
  2. Open the DMG file from the Mac folder.
  3. Double-click on Box Sync.
  4. Your synced files are stored in a new folder called Box Sync. You can access this folder from the Favorites section in the left pane of your Finder window.

For details about Box Sync, including unsupported file types, see the Box Sync 4.0: FAQs from Box Help. For more, watch the Box Sync training video.