After installing Office 2013, one of the first thing you’ll notice when saving a file is the new cloud integration to SkyDrive. This is a very convenient way to keep your files safe from accidental deletion in the mighty cloud.
But the problem is that Microsoft has only added SkyDrive to the list, there isn’t an option to add other services such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Of course, you can always use the Save As option from the file menu. It will take a few extra clicks, but having everything integrated, one-click away is always a good thing.
One approach to add other cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive is by using a small script that is specially crafted to add specific services. Below you’ll find the step-by-step instructions to add Dropbox to Office 2013, but you can use the same steps to add other services:
1. Download the script to make it all happen — ironically from Dropbox.
2. Double-click the file, type the path of your Dropbox folder and press Enter.
3. Next, you need to add the cloud storage service to Office 2013. Launch Word, for example, and from the File menu click Account. Under Connected Services (you’ll see this option only if you are signed-in with your Microsoft account), click Add a service and from Storage choose Dropbox.
Now you’ll see the Dropbox option in the Save As menu. And that all there is to it.
One more thing: To revert the process, go back to the Connected Services and simply click the Remove link.
With Microsoft moving toward applications as services on the cloud, this is yet another great way to integrate other cloud services that aren’t supported by the software giant.
The only flaw is that the configuration will not roam between computers, so if you use Microsoft Office 2013 in more than one PC, you’ll have to run the batch file again and for each Office account. However, you only have to this once per installation, meaning you don’t have to repeat the steps for Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.
You also might be wondering about Google Drive, right? Well, you can add the Google cloud storage too, just download and run this batch file instead. Microsoft also provides instructions on how to integrate this cloud service.