Here is How To Setup Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides For Offline Use

I find that most folks at home are unaware that Google has its’ own office suite that is FREE; and, can be used even when the computer is not connected to the internet (see setup instructions below). Why spend a ton of money on Microsoft Office when you are not a power user; you no longer need it for work or school; and, all you are doing is typing the occasional letter or even doing a basic spreadsheet? Also, the components of Google’s office suite does a pretty good job reading Microsoft Office files.

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Anyhow, if interested, here are the setup instructions on “How To Setup Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides For Offline Use” that I captured from Google’s support site.

Before you turn on offline access

  • You must be connected to the internet.
  • You must use the Google Chrome browser.
  • Don’t use private browsing.
  • Install and turn on Google Docs Offline Chrome extension.
  • Make sure you have enough available space on your device to save your files.

How to turn on offline access

  1. On your computer, open the Google DocsSheets, or Slides home screen.
    Note: If you want to use offline access for another Google Account, make sure you’re signed in to the right Chrome profile. Learn how to switch Chrome profiles.
  2. At the top left, click Main menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. Turn on Offline.
    Note: If you turn on offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drive, then the rest will also be available offline.
  4. Open Google DocsSheets, or Slides in your Chrome browser to work offline.

Turn off offline access

  1. Open Google Docs or Google Drive.
  2. Click Menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. On the right, turn off Offline.

Make specific files available offline

If you have enough storage, some of your most recent files will be automatically saved offline. To manually select files to save offline:

  1. Follow the steps above to turn on offline access in Google Drive.
  2. Open the Google DocsSheets, or Slides home screen.
  3. On the file you want to use offline, click More More.
  4. Click Available offline. A check mark will appear in the bottom left corner to show that the file is available offline.

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