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Guide to Creating a Portfolio on Box

What is Box?

Box is a secure way to share and store files and folders online. Box consolidates your content in a single location, easily accessible from anywhere, on any device. You can create files and folders, share them using a direct link, invite others to collaborate, and continue to revise and review your content. All UMass students, faculty, and staff can use Box for free.

Why should I use Box?

Box is a free, easy way to get started keeping a portfolio. Storing your papers in Box is a bit of insurance against USB or hard drive failures. It also means that you'll have a writing sample at the ready whenever you might need it.

Log in and use your Box account:

  1. Visit https://www.umass.edu/it/box.
  2. Click the button that prompts you to sign in with your NetID and password by clicking Log in to Secure Online Storage at UMass Amherst.
    Click the blue button that prompts you to sign in with your NetID and password by clicking "Log in to Secure Online Storage at UMass Amherst."
  3. Create a folder by clicking on New in the top right-hand corner, selecting the dropdown menu, and clicking on Folder.
    Create a folder by clicking on "New" in the top right-hand corner, selecting the dropdown menu, and clicking on "folder."
  4. In the dialogue window that pops up, create your portfolio folder. Invite other users to view your material or contribute to your folder, or keep it private. 
    Tip: If you do this, you will share the whole folder with them!
    In the dialogue window that pops up, create your portfolio folder. Invite other users to view your material or contribute to your folder, or keep it private. 
  5. Click Create. Your new folder appears at the top of your Box main page. Double-click the folder to add content to it.
    Your folder will now pop up at the top of your Box main page. To add content to it, click on the folder icon.
  6. To add subfolders within your portfolio folder, click on New in the top right-hand corner, selecting the dropdown menu, and clicking on Folder. Just like to create a portfolio folder, title your folder by the name of the project or class. Add viewers or uploads now, or wait to add people later.
    To add subfolders within your "portfolio: folder, click on "New" in the top right-hand corner, selecting the dropdown menu, and clicking on "folder." Just like to create a "portfolio" folder, title your folder by the name of the project or class. Add viewers or uploads now, or wait to add people later.
  7. Once you have folders, add materials to them. You can do this by clicking on the folder icon for the specific class or project.
    Once you have folders, add materials to them. You can do this by clicking on the folder icon. 
  8. To upload material, click Upload in the top right-hand corner. In the dropdown menu, select Files to add individual materials or Folder to add a group of materials. 
    Tip: You can also drag and drop directly from your desktop.
    To upload material, click "upload" in the top right-hand corner. In the dropdown menu, select "files" to add individual materials or "folder" to add a group of materials. 
  9. To add collaborators to a specific folder, click Share this folder on the right-hand side. Invite people to edit or comment or download your folder as a link.
    To add collaborators to a specific folder, click "Share this folder" on the right-hand side. Invite people to edit or comment or download your folder as a link.
  10. More questions? Visit Box's Help Center!