Office 2013 Tip: Skip the Cloud Integration

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In its drive to integrate OneDrive deeply with all of its core products, Microsoft has made the open and save operations in Office 2013 a bit ponderous. If you’re already syncing your OneDrive content to the PC—or if you intend to only use local folders regardless—you can configure various Office applications to open and save files more efficiently. Here’s how. Continue reading “Office 2013 Tip: Skip the Cloud Integration”

How to Add Dropbox (and other cloud services) to Office 2013

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Out of the box, Office 2013 is designed to integrate seamlessly with the cloud – just as long as it’s Microsoft’s OneDrive service.

Note: Windows 10 is supported too.

Adding Dropbox to Office

If you use other cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive you can obviously browse to your local folders in the Open and Save As dialog s but you cannot Add a Place (other than the two Microsoft services) to Office’s open and save dialog s.

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This means that every time you use the Open or Save As dialog, you have to browse the computer to access your Dropbox’s folders. Of course, you can pin frequently used files but why not just have your cloud services available to you whenever you use an Office 2013 product? Obviously, Microsoft isn’t going to include competing cloud services into Office for you, but that doesn’t prevent you from adding them yourself.

After a little searching, we discovered a neat little script for adding cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive directly to Office.

First you need to download this tiny batch file. Your browser will probably tell you the file is potentially dangerous so you will need to tell it to keep it.

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Once you’ve got the file, browse to its location and double-click on it. When prompted, input your Dropbox’s local path and hit Enter. The script will then add Dropbox to Office 2013 and you’re almost done.

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Next step is to actually add the Dropbox service to your Office installation. To do this, open the Account options and look under Connected Services –> Add a Service -> Storage. Choose the service you want to add. In this case we want to add Dropbox.

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And that’s it, now every time you use an Office application, you will see your Dropbox listed in the Open and Save As screens.

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If you ever want to remove a service, you can simply return to the Connected Services section in the Account screen and click Remove next to the service you no longer want.

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We’ve found this is an excellent way to integrate popular cloud services into Office 2013 quickly and almost effortlessly.

There is one small drawback, if you want to add cloud services to all your Office installations, you will have to run the batch file separately on each machine and for each Office account. But, this takes all but a few minutes especially if you simply save the script to a removable flash drive, network location, or your Dropbox, and then run it as needed.

You’re not limited to Dropbox either, there’s also a script available for Google Drive and Microsoft also provides complete instructions on integrating any cloud storage service into Office 2013.

Add Dropbox batch file

Add Google Drive batch file

Adding any cloud service to Office 2013

Office 2013: How to install, activate and spend 180 days in eval mode

Understand there is no any other way

You have to go to this page  and you have to sign in with your Microsoft ID.  (hotmail.com or live.com, email account). There is no other way. Any other Office 2013 iso , obtained in some other way is not going to exhibit evaluation mode behavior described here.

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After you sign in above using your Microsoft ID, you will be asked to register to continue.

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this is the registration form

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After you hit “Continue” you will be asked about the language in which you require you Office 2013 eval to be.

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Click “Continue” and long(er) download of Office 2013 equipped with licence key made for you, immediately begins.

At this instance, depending on the quality of your line you might see this:

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Your download is doing just fine regardless of this message. You just have to leave this screen on until download has finished. In unlikely case it does not finish, click  the “Download” button above. File to be downloaded is up to 700 MB in size.

Upon download finish in your download folder you will find:

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where “en-us” is a language code. If you have opted for other than English (US) your file name will be different for that part.

If you have no clue what to do with an IMG file, or what the heck “mount” means for a file, please read this very good guide.

Are we out of the woods? Not yet.

Obviously at this point, you have learnt how to mount an img file and you have done that and started a Office 2013 setup routine. And the very first screen is a particular problem for someone who has previous version of office installed on the same machine.

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If you click “Upgrade” here and you happen to have Office 2010 (for example) on the same machine it will be upgraded to 2013 and you will be asked to pay for the price of upgrade, after evaluation period, of Office 2013 Eval you are trying out, has expired. And there is no way out of there.

So, you better click “Customize”. And click on “Keep all previous versions”.

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After this I always click in the “Installation Options” TAB where I make sure I install only the part s of Office, I will use.

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In this case I have selected to evaluate only Outlook 2013 as part of this Office 2013 Eval installation. Do not forget that Office installation can be amended later after the installation.

I am sure by now you are more than capable to finish this installation. But wait, there is more!

Office 2013 eval period can be extended to 180 days

Routine to do it properly is completely legal. But it is better left to your support. If curious, it is fully documented HERE.

In case your Evaluation Activation does not work

Key Resources

What is Microsoft Product Activation (MPA)?
Learn how product activation works

How to tell if your product is properly licensed
Make sure that you have the right licensing for your Microsoft products.

Contact a Microsoft Product Activation Center
Use this article to learn how to obtain the appropriate telephone number by running the Product Activation Wizard.