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How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

earge
Explorer | Level 4

Hi All,

Mac user in case it matters.

We have a team of 4 people that would like to be able to real-time collaborate on Word and Excel files (automatically see changes on their computer if someone else makes them). The only way I can seem to make it work is going through the Mac desktop dropbox folder, right-click a file>View on Dropbox.com>click top-right box with diagonal arrow>click Word for Web.

 

Is there an easier / quicker way to do this?

 

Thanks!

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Re: How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

Mark
Super User II

Sadly not - Dropbox simply isnt designed for that. This is because when you are on the computer there are 4 different versions of the file being edited, hence, it needs to be online to do it as a collaboration.

 

The only sort of work around to make sure files are not opened incorrectly is via the Dropbox badge: https://help.dropbox.com/files-folders/share/badge-collaborate


 


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Re: How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

earge
Explorer | Level 4

OK thanks for the info!

 

I thought Dropbox Paper is supposed to be like Google Docs and also integrated into Dropbox?

Re: How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

Mark
Super User II

Dropbox Paper is integrated in to Dropbox, but, while its amazing it doesnt have the full functionality of word. Many people can use that at the same time, though


 


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Re: How do you real-time collaborate on a file?

earge
Explorer | Level 4

While Papers works with real-time collaboration, it doesn't sync into the dropbox folder (Why?? Who knows.)

 

We would like to be able to open a file from the desktop Dropbox folder, and be able to work on it at the same time.

 

It will get way too confusing with two separate folders, one on Dropbox and one in Papers.

 

It seems Google Drive has the intergation with desktop files/folders so we'll likely switch to that if nothing happens.

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