What is Box.com?
Box.com is a cloud-based file storage system, licensed by Emory. You can think of it as your flash-drive-in-the-sky, a way of storing and sharing files removed from your local computer or flash drive. Emory provides each of its faculty, students, and staff 25GB, far more than one could get from a free box.com account. This service is wonderful for backing up files, freeing you to do and share work on multiple computers, and sharing files amongst colleagues. This guide will provide some basic information on how to use box.com efficiently.
Navigating Your Box.com Account
There is a navigation bar at the top of your box.com homepage that helps you move around.
- The Messages button allows you to contact those who are identified as collaborators on your documents and to see messages from them. You can also assign specific tasks to specific collaborators.
- The Updates button will inform you of changes made in your files. This may be the uploading or deleting of files, as well as the insertion of comments by you or others.
- The Files button will return you to the top level of your file structure. This the button to click when you need to go back to see your content that has been uploaded.
- The People button will show you all the users you have designated as collaborators on various files and folders. From the People page you can add new collaborators or remove users from collaborating on any or all of your files and folders.
- The Apps button will allow you to download applications to your computer that will help you take advantage of more features of box.com.
- The Search window allows you to look for specific words or phrases in the filenames, folder names, and contents of your files. This is a powerful way of finding what you have uploaded to box.com.