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Microsoft Office for Sync getting started guide

Sync includes Microsoft Office and Office 365 integrations that make it easy to open and edit Office documents stored in your Sync account using the Office for mobile, web or desktop apps, and save those edits back to Sync.

In this article:


Open and edit from the Sync web panel with Office 365

Sync Pro Solo and Pro Teams customers can open and edit Office documents stored in Sync, using the Microsoft Office 365 online web-based editor (editing requires an Office 365 business subscription).

To open or edit Office documents:

  1. Sign in to the web panel.
  2. Click on a .docx, .xlsx or .pptx document (older .doc, .xls, or .ppt formats are not supported).
  3. From the preview screen, click Open in Office or Edit in Office (editing requires an Office 365 business subscription).
  4. When you are finished editing, click Back to Sync from the Office 365 editor (located on the title bar at the top of the editor window), to save your edits back to Sync.

Note: Personal and Free Sync customers also have the Edit in Office option, but do not have the Open in Office option. The maximum file sizes supported for web-based editing are 50 MB for .docx, 5 MB for .xlsx and 300 MB for .pptx. If your files are larger you’ll need to edit with the Office desktop or Office mobile apps.


Open and edit from your phone or tablet

Microsoft provides a full suite of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. All Sync customers can open and edit documents and files stored in Sync, directly from these apps (editing requires an Office 365 subscription).

See the using the Microsoft Office mobile apps for iOS and Android with Sync article for step-by-step instructions.


Open and edit directly on your Windows or Mac desktop

When you install Sync on your Windows or Mac computer, the Sync app will create a special Sync folder. The Sync folder works just like any other folder on your computer, allowing you to open and edit your documents and files, using virtually any application installed on your computer, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

To open and edit Office documents stored in your Sync account, directly on your computer, you’ll need to have the Sync desktop app installed, and Microsoft Office installed (editing requires an Office license). All Sync customers can install the Sync desktop app.

To open or edit Office documents:

  1. Install the Sync desktop app on your computer.
  2. With the Sync desktop is installed, navigate to the Sync folder.
  3. Double click on any Office document in your Sync folder to open it (you’ll need to have Microsoft Office installed on your computer).
  4. Save your edits. The Sync app will automatically synchronize your edits to the cloud.

Document preview preferences for Office

The Sync.com web panel includes a built-in previewer, that makes it easy to view Office documents without downloading them first.

Sync Pro Solo and Pro Teams customers can choose whether to use Sync’s built-in previewer or use the Microsoft Office Online previewer, which provides more accurate rendering and better performance for larger documents. Document previews are not available to Sync free or Personal customers.

To change your previewer preferences:

  1. Sign in to the web panel.
  2. Click your email address (or display name) on the top right corner of the blue menu bar.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Under the Account tab click Edit beside Previewer preferences.
  5. Select Office Online or Sync, and click Save settings.

Notes:

With Office Online selected (or when editing with Office 365), the encrypted document data is downloaded directly into the browser, decrypted in real-time, and then re-encrypted and streamed through an automated Microsoft-hosted helper server. With Sync selected, the encrypted document data is downloaded directly into the browser, decrypted in real-time, and then re-encrypted and streamed through an automated Sync-hosted helper server.

See the previewing documents and photos, from the web panel article for more information.





   

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