How to Sync and Save to Dropbox on Surface Pro Right From the Desktop

dropboxHaving hit another strong writing phase, I decided to treat myself to a Surface Pro 3 (see below for my purchasing  recommendations). And since I use Dropbox for all my files, imagine my disappointment to find that the Dropbox app isn’t really integrated on the Surface tablets.

But I found a really simple solution. For those of you frustrated with not being able to save directly to Dropbox, here’s how to do it:

Here’s how to get Dropbox to work with Microsoft Surface tablets

Since Dropbox is such a huge player in cloud storage, you’d think either they or Microsoft or both would have integrated the Dropbox app so that you would be able to both sync and save files directly to it from the desktop. Not so if you’ve downloaded the Dropbox app from the Windows Store.

The app works as a stand-alone product, so while you can access all your files, if you try to edit them, you won’t be able to save them directly back to Dropbox. Weird. I know. If I’m being kind, I’m thinking the app developer was smoking a little too much weed that day…

dropboxBUT if you download the Dropbox application from the Dropbox website ( rather than through the Windows App Store–Voila–it works like a charm.

Now when you go to save a word doc, the Dropbox icon will show up in the left sidebar (along with desktop, downloads, cloud, etc.), making it easy to select and save directly to it.

 Now for a very quick, short review on Surface Pro 3

I wanted something highly portable and light, that would work as a tablet and a laptop. This fits the bill nicely. While this isn’t specifically a review of the Surface Pro, if you are thinking of getting one, definitely go for the Pro 3 with as much memory as you can afford for two reasons:

  1. The Pro 3 has a much better processor and you’ll definitely appreciate the extra inch on both the screen and the keyboard. You can actually type on this thing without knotting your fingers into a ball because the keys are full sized. Very nice indeed!
  2. In order to set up Dropbox directly from the download, depending on how much you keep in your Dropbox, you could blow through your total storage space if it’s huge.  So you’ll want to have enough memory to handle keeping everything in Dropbox without slowing everything else down to a crawl.
By | 2016-10-24T09:56:20+00:00 June 21st, 2015|On Writing|7 Comments


  1. Zahi February 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Th ipad dropbox app does not take your hard drive space, and still works like charm.

  2. Martha April 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to post this and assist those of us who need exactly the same thing!

  3. Bri August 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    thank you so much! this saved me

    • Karen Shanley August 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I went through the same torment until I discovered the solution. So I feel your pain.

  4. Karen Shanley August 4, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Samantha and Emily, glad I could help!

  5. Emily August 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    thank you! i almost regretted my surface purchase until i read this! you are so helpful!

  6. Samantha July 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I was mystified by why I couldn’t save to drop box. I almost returned my surface because of it! Problem solved.

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