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2016 E-Learning News (Issue 5 2016)

Written on the 7 April 2016

Welcome to the first e-Learning news article for 2016. In this edition we remind students how to access your Google files offline.

Is your internet at home unreliable? Do you want a way to still be able to work on the tasks you began at school even when the internet is down at home? Then read on

The Google chrome browser offers the ability to work on files when you are not connected to the internet. Chrome automatically syncs files in Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides so that you can view and edit files offline.

However since the Senior School is using Google Apps for Education this feature needs to be manually turned on. By following the simple instructions below, you will never have to worry about the internet dropping in and out again.

  1. Step 1: Ensure you are using a Chrome browser.
  2. Step 2: Open your Google Drive.
  3. Step 3: In the top right, click on the gear icon. 
  4. Step 4: Check the box next to "Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Sheets, Slides and Drawings to this computer so that you can edit offline" to enable offline access. Your files and folders will automatically be synced so that they are available without an internet connection.
  5. (Step 5: Uncheck the box to disable the offline action.)

Points to note:

  • This process is device specific and will need to be followed for each device that you use
  • Offline access does not work in other web browsers
  • Offline access is available in the following cases:
  Desktop Mobile
  View Edit View Edit
Google Drive*      Yes  
Google Docs*  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Sheets*  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Slides*  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Drawings   Yes Yes    

* To edit Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offline on your mobile device, you must have the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps installed. All other files can be viewed using the Google Drive app.

Bernadette Thorpe
e-Learning Coordinator

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