How to Enable Google Docs Offline Edit Mode in Google Drive
You can now edit Google Documents in offline. I said Google Documents not Google Docs. Because the online office suites available in the entire Google Docs are not available for offline edit. That means Spreadsheets, Presentation and Form are only viewable in offline. Only Documents are available for edit in offline. Do you know how to enable Google Docs offline edit mode in Google Drive? If not, follow the below simple tutorial.
Recently I’ve happen to see the Google Drive web app in Chrome Web Store. I installed the app and realized that it’s merely a shortcut to the Google Drive web service. But actually it was not so. Do you know why? Google Drive app for Chrome is offline capable. This app is supporting Google Docs offline view as well as edit. The app was already there in the Chrome Web Store. But Google only made the announcement about the offline editing capability of Google Docs in the Google I/O 2012 keynote 2 days back.
Requirements to make possible offline access of Google Docs in Google Drive
First ensure the following:
- Ensure that you’re using the latest Chrome Browser as this feature only supports Google Chrome.
- Install Google Drive Web App on Google Chrome. Not the Desktop client. I’m talking about the Chrome Web App. Download it from here.
- After the above two enable offline access on Google Drive. I’ve detailed this third step below.
Now to the detail of enabling Google Docs on Google Drive Offline Edit Mode.
Click on the Google Drive app on the Chrome new tab and sign in to your Google Drive account. Click on the Gear icon there and from the drop down menu select “Set up Docs Offline Beta”. A dialogue box will appear. Click the blue button that says “Enable offline Docs”
We have already installed the Google Drive Chrome web app, right? So nothing etc. to do with this dialogue box. Google Drive will begin to prepare offline docs for you.
How to add documents and spreadsheets to offline mode in Google Drive Manually
Open a document while online to add it to offline edit list. You just open a document or spreadsheet when you are in online. It will automatically added to the offline mode. But you can only edit documents offline. Spreadsheets can only view offline.
Finally you can check your offline enabled documents by clicking the Gear icon and from the drop down menu choosing “View offline Docs”
To access your Google Drive Docs for edit in offline go to Chrome New tab when there is no internet connection and click on the Google Drive web app.
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