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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to Manually Sync Your Offline Files in Windows 7


Information
When you make a network file, or all files in a network folder, available offline, Windows creates a copy of the file or folder on your computer. This is called an offline file. The next time you disconnect from the network, you'll still be able to open, modify, and save the file the same way you would if you were still connected. And when you do connect to the network again, Windows will automatically sync the offline file on your computer with the corresponding file on the network for the latest changes.

When you are connected to the network, this will show you how to also manually sync your offline files whenever you like to have the latest versions of files stored on the network right away.




METHOD ONE

Through Sync Center

1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Sync Center icon.

2. To Sync All Offline Files at Once -

A) Select the Offline Files folder to only highlight it, then click on the Sync toolbar button. (see screenshot below)

NOTE:
Notice the Status of when the offline files have last been synced under the progress bar.



B) You will now notice the progress bar fully green to indicate that the sync completed. (see screenshot below)

NOTE:
After a few moments, the progress bar and status will return to normal like above with the new last sync date and time now.



C) Go to step 4.

3. To Sync Only a Single or Multiple Offline Files -

NOTE:
Notice the Status of when the offline files in the offline folders have last been synced under the progress bar.

A ) Click on the Offline Files folder to open it. (see screenshot above)


B) To Sync All Offline Files at Once -

Click on the Sync All toolbar button. (see screenshot below)



C) To Sync all Offline Files in Only One or More Selected Offline Folders -
Select One or More offline folders, and click on the Sync toolbar button. (see screen shots below)




D) You will now notice the progress bar(s) fully green to indicate that the sync completed for the select offline folders. (see screenshot below)

NOTE:
After a few moments, the progress bar and status will return to normal like above with the new last sync date and time now.



4. When done, close the Sync Center.





METHOD TWO

From the Offline Files Location

1. Browse to the network folder that is or contains the file(s) that are set as Always available offline. (see screenshot below)



2. To Sync All Offline Files in Selected Offline Folders at Once -
A) Select one or more offline folders, then right click on a selected offline folder and click on Sync and Sync selected offline files. (see screenshot below)




OR

B) Open a offline folder, then click on the Sync toolbar drop down menu and Sync selected offline files in this folder. (see screenshot below)



C) Go to step 4.

3. To Sync Selected Offline Files in a Selected Network Folder -
NOTE: This is for when only one or a few files in a network folder have been made always available offline and not the network folder itself.

A) Open a network folder that contains the offline files. (see screenshot below step 1)

NOTE:
This network folder will not have the green Sync Center overlay icon on it's icon since it is not a offline folder, but only contains offline files.


B) To Sync All Offline Files at Once in the Network Folder -
Click on the Sync toolbar drop down menu and Sync selected offline files in this folder. (see screenshot below) (see screenshot below)



C) To Sync one or more Offline Files in a Selected Network Folder -
Select one or more offline files, then right click on a selected offline file and click on Sync and Sync selected offline files. (see screenshot below)



D) The offline files have now been synced.

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