Use Google Docs Offline

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November 21, 2008

Google Docs can be used offline as well. If your Internet connection goes nasty sometimes, you can use the offline mode to maintain a flow to your work. Here’s how you do it:

Login to your Google Docs Account. Then on the upper right part you will see a link called Offline. Once you click on the link, a window will appear which asks you if you would like to use Google Docs Offline. If you grant access to that you will be asked to download Google Gears if that is not installed on your computer. Actually Google gears is a plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer that will allow you to use web applications offline.

google docs gearsOnce Google Gears is downloaded, restart your browser. You can also select to put a quick launch icon for Google docs on your Desktop, start menu or your Quick Launch bar.

After installing Gears properly you will see a green icon at the top with a tick mark which shows that you are offline on Google docs. If you see a revolving sign in that place it means that the documents inside you My Documents folder are being synchronized with Google docs offline

Now if you disconnet your internet connection you will see a gray icon replacing the green. That means you are in offline mode. Now that your documents have already been synced, you can open those documents and edit them in Google Docs offline as well as save them. Once you go online your changes will automatically be updated on Google’s server.

If you like enjoy working on Google Docs than other word processing applications, you can also use it as a desktop application. So use Google docs offline and never worry if you aren’t connected to the Internet.

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  • very informative post. have always wanted to do this. thanks