UW-Madison Google Apps - Enabling Offline editing for Google Drive

Offline editing for Google Drive allows you to edit your Google documents, spreadsheets, and drawings without internet access using Google Chrome. Only one Google account can be configured for offline editing for each Google Chrome profile -- so if you have previously enabled offline editing for another account, you will need to create a new profile within Google Chrome. To enable offline editing for UW-Madison Google Apps, see instructions below.

  1. From Google Chrome, log in to UW-Madison Google Apps with your NetID and password using the following URL:

  2. If you have multiple UW-Madison Google Apps accounts, select your desired account from the list provided.

    Select account

    If you only have one UW-Madison Google Apps account, you will be logged into your account automatically.

  3. Select More from the menu on the left-hand side

    Screenshot of the More menu

  4. Within the More menu, select Offline

    Screenshot of the left-hand menu with Offline selected

  5. In order to enable offline editing, you will need to have the Drive Chrome web app installed. If you already the Drive Chrome web app installed, you will see the following:

    Screenshot of the You have the app window

    • If you don't have the Drive Chrome web app installed, you may need to log in to a personal Google account to install it due to some restrictions involving the Chrome Web Store, Google Wallet, and Google Apps for Education:

      • Log in to your personal account and repeat the steps above, then install the Drive Chrome web app when prompted.
      • After the installation is complete, you will need to log out of your personal account and log back into you UW-Madison Google Apps account.
      • Then continue with instructions below.
  6. Click the Enable Offline button

    Screenshot of Enable Offline button

  7. Offline editing is now enabled for you account. You can now access your Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings offline using Google Chrome.

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Keywords:uwga google apps drive offline accessing enabled docs presentations spreadsheets forms wisc   Doc ID:31141
Owner:Christina G.Group:Google Apps
Created:2013-06-24 12:23 CDTUpdated:2016-04-25 16:18 CDT
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