Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a personal Box account, part of Up and Running with Box.
To set up a new personal Box account, go to www.box.com and either click Sign Up here, or go to Personal > Sign Up. If you go to Personal and click Sign Up, you'll be allowed to set up a personal plan. If you go to Sign Up, you'll get information about the different plans that are available. And you can click Sign Up Now right here. All of this information is required, so I'm going to enter my name. Notice that it shows me what I'm signing up for, a free account with 10GB of storage.
The biggest file that I can put here is a 250MB file. And I'll have mobile access, so all my devices. And I can also synchronize with the desktop to be able to pull the specific files that I want to look at from the group of files that I have stored in my up to ten gigs of storage on Box. Notice that if I try to tap out of a field that it tells me that it's required. Now ultimately, I'm going to be working with my colleagues at Roux Academy, so I want to make sure that I'm using that address right now in Box.
If I was going to be doing this with my own Gmail account, for example, I would use that account. And I'm going to enter a password. That's fair. Well let me do one that's a little better. There's strong. How do you get a strong password? There are four things you can put into a password. You can put in uppercase letter, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols, and a strong password will have all of those in it. And I need to enter that same password again. If I wish, I can click this little eye button to be able to see what it is that I typed.
I'm not going to let you see it though. Now it wants my contact information, so I'm going to enter my work phone number. And if I wish, I can jump up to 100GB for $10, but I'm going to stay with my free 10GB account, and I'm going to click Continue. And it says, Confirm your email address. So I'm going to go now open my email, and find this email that I should've received from Box for confirmation.
So let me open another tab. And I'm going to go to www.rouxacademy.com webmail. If you worry about putting in an email address thinking you're going to get a lot of spam, for example from Box, you really aren't. You're going to get a couple of emails with some information about how to use your account but, I don't receive a lot of email from them, so I'm very comfortable giving them my work address.
I have access to several different ways to read my email. And here is my email from Box, just came. Please complete your Box sign up. So I'm going to open it up, display the images. Says Welcome to Box. Just verify your email. And this to make sure that people aren't setting up Box accounts that don't have appropriate permissions. So it's verifying my credentials so it knows who I am. And I'm now in Box. It says, Thanks for joining Box. Since you're new here, let's get started. And it will provide me with a quick tour of information about here are my files and folders, here's information about sharing.
And you can just read these and click through them and make sure you understand them because they're showing you the screen. Here's our search box up here at the top. I can drag and drop items into this area. I can upload files and folders. Right here, I have the ability to install two new things right away, Box for Mobile and Box Sync. They're available to me right here because they're part of what I can do with the free version of Box. And then finally it says, You're all set, Go to My Account, says If you need help click the gear icon and select help.
So I'm going to click Go to My Account. Let's look at that real quickly. There's the gear icon. Here's Help. And I'll have lots of information available to me. And remember that I have the ability to upgrade. I told you they would make it very, very easy for us. We'll talk later about Box for mobile and installing Box Sync. But that's all the harder it was for me to set up a free Box account to be able to store up to 10GB of information and access it from anywhere with a wide range of devices.
- Editing documents in Box Edit
- Sharing links to files and folders
- Setting up security options
- Adding comments
- Assigning tasks
- Creating and editing Box notes
- Using Box Sync
- Using Box on mobile devices
- Upgrading to Box for Business
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 03/05/2015. What changed?
A: We updated the course to reflect the most recent changes to Box's interface and feature set, including the new Word, PowerPoint, and Excel integration offered in Box for Office.