Depending on the type, and possibly even the version of the document, you may have different optoins available to edit it. One option that is available for DePaul users is the online version of Office integrated into Box
. The online version of the Office apps only work with xlsx, .pptx, and .docx files; if you are opening .xls, .ppt or .doc files, you'll only see the option for the Desktop Office program.
This option lets you create and edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files directly in Box, edit them using the Office Online web applications, and save them directly back to Box without downloading the file locally or adding additional programs or applications. In addition, Office Online integration supports concurrent editing, so you and others can collaborate on documents in real-time.
Another option is to use BoxEdit, Box Edit is a standalone app you must download and install on your computer, and it supports editing of any dcoument type you can open on your computer, such as Microsoft Office files, text files, etc. BoxEdit does not allow simultaneous collaborative editing, but will generate a new version of the file each time someone opens and saves it with BoxEdit. Additional details on BoxEdit can be found here
One other option is to download a document from Box, make changes to it locally, and then load it back into Box. This method of updating files is good for offline editing, but may cause problems when collaborating on files, so it is not always recommended for collaboration.