Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Working Offline in Windows Vista

You are leaving town to attend a business meeting tomorrow.  You will not have access to the network, but need to access some files in your folder at work while you are at the business meeting.

How do you configure Windows Vista to enable you to access the file in your work folder?

You do this by utilizing the Offline Files feature of Windows Vista.  Vista copies the network folders and files and places them on your computer.  When you are offline, Vista uses the local folders and syncs them with the network when you reconnect.

  • Go to Control Panel and select Offline Files - Classic View.
  • Enable Offline Files.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Open Windows Explorer (Windows button + E key) and navigate to the network file folder you are interested in.
  • Right click the folder and select Always Available Offline.
(If your internet connection is down or slow, you might want to work with the offline files stored on your computer instead of the network.  To do this, open the network file that you have made available offline, and on the Toolbar, click Work Offline.  When you are finished, click Work Online to sync and make the file available on the network again.)

Working with network files when you are offline
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