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Office 2013 - How to Add Dropbox as a Cloud Service RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Office 2013 has a great new feature where cloud storage services can register as a place within the open/save menu, and within the user's account. While we wait for Dropbox to officially support this, I have a workaround for those people using Office 2013 who need to see the Dropbox icon beside SkyDrive.

    The script that you can download and run is here:
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/46565/dropbox_service_add.bat

    It modifies the registry based on Microsoft's document, "Integrating additional cloud storage services in Office 2013" found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35474

    I've only tested this on Windows 8, so if somebody on Windows 7 can let me know how it works that would be fantastic.

    The thread where I'll be posting any updates or changes is:
    https://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=93098

    Cheers,

    -Philip

    Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:45 AM

All replies

  • Tested on Windows 7, worked without an issue. Required a restart of Word but that is to be expected. 

    Nice job by the way. 

    Monday, December 24, 2012 8:43 AM
  • I also noticed through a quick Google that Philip has created the same for Google drive- I have only tested on Windows 7 but it works the same way. Link below. 

    Kudos again good sir. 

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8XlUYxdHr7XMDQwQVN0VmZKRlk

    Monday, December 24, 2012 8:48 AM
  • Doesn't work for me, the registry entries are there but no option for DB in 'add a place' 
    Friday, February 15, 2013 10:33 PM
  • Tried it on Windows 8 and it is not working.  There is no option to add Dropbox under Add a Place, only Skydrive and Office 365 SharePoint.  I am signed into my Office.com account, also.
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:51 PM
  • The Dropbox option was not available for me. However, once I logged into my Windows account (upper right hand corner of Word 2013), the Dropbox option became available.


    Saturday, March 16, 2013 2:12 PM
  • Anyone have a solution for this on MacOffice 11?
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:00 PM
  • Although this works great in Windows 8.0, it does not work in the preview release of Windows 8.1.
    Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:45 PM
  • Worked great for me on Windows 7. Thanks for the help
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:34 PM
  • Thanks very much. Probably not surprisingly, it gives an error on OneNote for iPad.- but otherwise, really useful, thanks.
    Sunday, July 28, 2013 4:20 PM
  • Thank you very much! This worked exactly as expected. Very helpful.

    Sunday, September 1, 2013 2:31 PM
  • Great thing to have, but executing batch files is not secure.

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    Sunday, January 5, 2014 9:56 AM
  • I made it work by going into the bat file using wordpad and removing the version check routine and the windows 7 install leaving only the first part and win8 part plus the end. Worked like a champ for me after that.
    Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:18 AM
  • Tried it on Windows 8 and it is not working.  There is no option to add Dropbox under Add a Place, only Skydrive and Office 365 SharePoint.  I am signed into my Office.com account, also.
    Same for me.  I did notice in the command window it said "Machine OS Cannot be Determined". Using Windows 8.1
    • Edited by Jenn A-L Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:45 PM
    Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:44 PM
  • Just tried to do this this with Windows 8 and Office 2013 downloaded from Office 365, and I received the same message "Machine OS cannot be Determined"

    Frustrating - it would be great to link to Dropbox!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:34 PM
  • Hi,

    you need to edit the .bat file to add these lines

    ver | findstr /i "6\.3\." > nul
    IF %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 goto ver_Win8 

    before this line

    goto warn_and_exit

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:16 AM
  • I had all the problems of other folks but adding the two lines as hugh_1971 recommended solved the problem.  Thanks very much.
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:43 AM
  • any one knows if MS has patched this? i just tried it on a new office install ...dropbox appears as an option to be added, but when i click on it, a message " server error try later" pops up ..been going on for two days now....

    any ideas? 

    (win 7 ) 

     
    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:04 AM
  • Thank you for creating this! I (and some others that have posted to forums) are getting the error message 'Sorry, we're having server problems, so we can't add Dropbox right now. Please try again later.' when you try to add Dropbox as a Connected Service. Have tried logging in and out a few times and restarting windows. 

    Running Win 7. 

    Any help / ideas would be greatly appreciated!

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:05 PM
  • It seems that this problem still exists and Microsoft has no intentions of fixing it. It is unthinkable that with the millions of users of both Dropbox and Office that this would not get fixed. However, Microsoft seems bent on excluding other cloud services otherwise this would already be fixed. Time to sell all of my stock as Microsoft is no longer the great company it used to be.

    HEY - MICROSOFT - ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOUR USERS? YOU NEED TO FIX THIS !!!!!

    Monday, June 29, 2015 12:00 AM
  • I have this running with Windows 10. You need to edit the batch file to refer to the Win 8 commands when it finds you're running Windows 10. Add these lines after the check for Windows 8 and before the "goto" value:

    ver | findstr /i "10\.0\." > nul
    IF %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 goto ver_Win8
    Then run the file and it should all work.

    Monday, August 10, 2015 9:05 PM
  • This worked like a dream on windows 10 for me!

    Many thanks.

    Friday, August 21, 2015 8:38 AM
  • How can you edit the batch file and where can I find this batch file?


    MVP Jean-Pierre Forestier

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:54 PM
  • Worked on Office 365 running on Windows 7.

    Nice One - Thank You

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 10:39 AM
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