How To: Add cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox to Office 2013

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Office Drive + Dropbox Save

When trying to understand Microsoft’s current efforts of building an interlinking ecosystem for its products, looking at Office 2013 provides us with a glimpse of what those efforts looked in their early days. OneDrive, previously SkyDrive, is deeply integrated into Office 2013 as the two products work seamlessly with one another, at least in theory. And while the OneDrive cloud storage service are fantastic for those who are already invested in Microsoft’s ecosystem, there are other similar services which you might prefer so today I am going to show you how to add them right into Office 2013.

Add Google Drive only

The reason we start with Google’s Drive is very simple as the company is the first and only major cloud storage service to create a plug-in for Office. The tool works great so there is no reason to search for workaround methods. Just go to the Google Drive Plug-in for Microsoft Office page, download the tool and install it.

Google Drive Plug-in Office

The next time you open an Office app you will be presented with a welcoming wizard that will ask you to enter your Google credentials. Once you have done that, Google Drive should be available in all the usual Save and Open locations. Do note that all Office apps must be closed at the time of the installation and that the plug-in may not work in all accounts.

Add Dropbox (and Google Drive)

Microsoft and Dropbox have a very good relationship and the cloud-hosting service has already updated its web interface in order to allow users to perform some basic editing of their Office files directly from Dropbox. Adding the service to Office is another matter entirely though as you will need to download a PoerShell sript from Microsoft’s TechNet. The same script will also let you add Google Drive so use if the previous method did not work for you. Please note that the uninstallation process is quite complex as it requires you to open the PowerShell script, find the Registry keys and manually delete them so use the script at your own risk.

1. Start by opening one Office product and logging in your account.

2. Download the script from the link above and extract the ZIP file to any location you want.

3. Right-click on the “SaveFolders.ps1” file and select the “Run with PowerShell” option.

4. By default, PowerShell’s Execution Policy prevents the script from running. However, PowerShell should ask you whether you would like to change the policy or not so type Y and press Enter to continue. If this does not come up then feel free to move to the next step immediately.

PowerShell Execution Policy

5. A pop-up window asking for the locations of the Dropbox and Google Drive folders will appear. Enter their locations or click on the “Find my folder” button to let the script find them for you. Regardless of the way you do it, click on Apply once you are done. A message saying “The operation was completed successfully” should now pop up. When it does, feel free to close the “Add save locations to Office 2013” and PowerShell windows as you will not need them anymore.

6. Restart any open Office products and you should see Dropbox, Google Drive or both.