Display warning if a document is open
Display a warning similar to read-only if another team member has a file open. Currently this is not possible without code installed at the individual PC level and there is no solution with MAC (just confirmed with support). The conflicting versions can be frustrating for teams and the tiny lock icon is just not a large enough warning when opening from box drive.
For Office files stored in Box, we are enabling the capability coauthor in real-time with collaborators. This will eliminate issues that arise when creating conflict copies. For other files types that do not support coauthoring, we do not have a feature planned on our roadmap, to notify users when the file is locked outside of the lock icon that is displayed on the file in the Explorer/Finder view.
We will place this in our backlog as we continue evaluating ideas to improve Box Drive.
Please keep the feedback & use cases coming to help us prioritize this in the future!
Alfaro, Vladimir commented
Is there a way to set up Box Drive so that when a file is open that the second person to open the file gets a notification at least (and ideally can choose to ‘Read Only’, or ‘Save As’), similar to how windows file explorer handles this?
This will be extremely helpful
AdminEmily Marshall (Admin, Box) commented
A notification when a user opens a file that is already opened by someone else.
Be able to see who also has the file open so different versions aren't saved rather than having to lock the file since it is hard to count on every user locking the file.