How To Use Google Docs Offline

Earlier this year Google enabled support for using Google Documents offline if you use Chrome and have the Google Drive Chrome app installed. When Google made that announcement I wrote some directions for enabling offline docs. Today, someone suggested sharing those directions again. So I’ve rewritten the directions and included some screen captures of the process.

To enable Google Docs for offline use, sign into your account and click
the sprocket icon in the upper-right corner. Then select “set up docs
offline.” Google Docs will then launch a dialogue box asking you to
confirm that you want to enable docs offline. If already have Google
Drive installed, you’re finished with the set up. If you don’t have
Google Drive installed, you will be prompted to do so. If you need help
setting up Google Drive on your Mac or on your PC, please see the
directions that I have included in my guide to Google Drive and Docs for Teachers (page 7 has directions for Mac users, page 14 has directions for Windows users). 

Step 1: In your Google Drive account open the “more” menu.

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Step 2: Select “enable offline docs.” If you don’t have the Google Drive Chrome app already installed, you’ll be prompted to do that too. Installing the Chrome app takes just one click.

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A Note for Google Apps for Education Users
If you are using Google Docs within a Google Apps for Education domain your domain administrator will have to enable the option for users to use Google Docs offline. Google’s directions for domain administrators can be found here. A screen capture of the Apps Domain settings is included below.

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