Preparing to work offline

Before you can work with files and programs offline, you need to set up your computer for using offline files. Working offline means working with shared network files, folders, and programs when you are not connected to the network. You can also work offline with Web pages from your company's Web site or the Internet. To prepare to work offline, use the following procedures. The procedures are the same for portable and stand-alone computers.

Set up your computer to use offline files

Your computer is set up to use offline files by default, but you need to select the synchronization option to determine which version of the network files you have.

Step-by-step procedure

Make a file or folder available to you offline

The first time you make a network file or folder available to you offline, the Offline Files Wizard will guide you through the process. When the Synchronizing dialog box disappears, the item is available offline.

Step-by-step procedure

Make Web pages available offline

Using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can make Web pages or entire Web sites, including links, available for offline viewing. A wizard prompts you to specify how much content to make available offline. You can also set up a schedule to synchronize content automatically.

Because you use Internet Explorer to make Web pages available offline, the offline files settings you select using My Computer, in the Folder Options dialog box, do not apply to the Web pages you make available offline. Instead, use the options that are available for offline Web pages in Internet Explorer.

Step-by-step procedure

Make offline files unavailable 

You can make shared programs and files from specific network computers unavailable to you offline. This is useful if you want to continue working offline by default, but you do not want to work offline on any files from a specific computer on the network.

Step-by-step procedure

Offline Files overview

Set up your computer to use offline files

Make a file or folder available to you offline

Make Web pages available offline

Make offline files unavailable

Working offline



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