How to Enable Offline Mode in Google Sheets, Docs and Slides.

How to Enable Offline Mode in Google Sheets, Docs and Slides.
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Objective

Learn how to enable offline mode in Google Drive. Also learn how to enable offline mode in Google Sheets, Docs and Slide files.

Why enable Offline Mode in Google Sheets, Docs & Slides?

You probably want to access Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now and then. However, since they are on the cloud, you require internet access. There might be times when you won’t have access to the internet, thereby leading to no access to Google Applications. To bridge this gap, it is advisable to enable offline mode on your Google Drive so that you can access important files even without an internet connection.

How to enable Offline Mode in Google Sheets, Docs & Slides?

Step 1: Open Google Drive

  • Open Google Drive.
Open Google Drive
Figure 1: Open Google Drive

  • Navigate to the Settings cog on the top right corner.
  • Click on the settings icon.
Open Settings to enable offline mode
Figure 2: Open Settings to enable offline mode

Step 2: Open Settings

  • Select Settings.
  • Navigate to the Offline option in the settings menu, as shown below.
  • Select the “Create, open and edit your recent Google Docs, Sheets and Slides…” option.
  • Click on Done.
  • You can now see the files on the drive without the internet.
Tick the checkbox to enable offline mode.
Figure 3: Tick the checkbox to enable offline mode.

Step 3: How to enable for individual files

Enabling the offline mode for Google Drive won’t make all your files available to you. The algorithm will select the most frequently used files, and recent files related to those frequently used files using artificial intelligence. 

To check which files have been saved, Google Drive provides a preview mode, which you can enable by following the steps below:

  • Navigate to the downloaded icon on the top right corner, near the Settings cog.
  • Enable the preview mode
Enable the preview to see which files are available
Figure 4: Enable the preview to see which files are available

For individual files:

  • Right-click on the file of interest.
  • Enable Available Offline.
  • The file of interest will be available now.
  • That’s how you enable offline mode in Google Sheets, Docs and Slides.
Manually select files you want to be available offline
Figure 5: Manually select files you want to be available offline

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