Make Google docs, spreadsheets, and presentations work offline

Google Drive is finally rolling out automatic offline access. Here's how to enable it.

Google Docs (or documents, spreadsheets, and presentations stored on Google Drive) has been a great resource for many who like to sync their files online and between computers. Well, except for one thing: If you wanted to work on these files without an internet connection, you had to make the files offline before you're disconnected from the net. Google has recently (finally) updated Drive so you can access these files automatically without an internet connection.

The key is you'll need to use the Chrome browser or Chrome OS. If you're using the Chrome browser, you'll also need to enable offline access with the Drive Chrome web app. Per Google:

  1. In Google Drive, click the "More" link on the left navigation bar.
  2. Select "Offline Docs."
  3. Click the "Get the app" button to install the Chrome web app.
  4. Finally, after the app is installed, go back to Drive and click the "Enable Offline" button.

Google will then start automatically syncing your docs files for offline access in Chrome. The feature is still rolling out, but you should see the "syncing items" or syncing status update in Drive once it's available. [via The Next Web]

Hopefully they'll also roll this feature out to Android users, for mobile access to your files--without a mobile data connection.

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