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One of the largest flaws of Google Docs is its reliance on the web. While the Office Suite can compete with Microsoft for normal uses, the requirement that users be online at all times limited is usefulness for people who had poor internet connections or needed to work in places with little to no internet access.
Now Google has added an Offline mode to Docs for users without the need of an extension.
“We know it’s important for users to access and work on their files while travelling or when there’s low connectivity,” Google says, “With offline mode, it’s now possible to create, edit, and comment on Docs, Sheets, or Slides files. Any changes made to files while offline will then sync in Drive once the user is connected again.”
This feature used to be exclusive to Chromebooks for whatever reason, but now Google has extended this feature to users of other OSes.
The process for turning it on is pretty much the same as well:
- Launch the Google Drive web app at Drive.Google.Com
- Head to settings by clicking the gear icon at the top right and navigate to Settings > General
- Select ‘Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files to this computer.’
- This enables Offline access and you should now see a checkmark icon next to the gear icon which lets you toggle Offline Preview off or on.