Google Docs: Working offline

Uploaded by Google on 31.03.2008


I'm Ken Norton, Product Manager for Google Docs.
Today, I want to show you how you can use Google Docs even
when you're not connected to the internet.
I'll open a document that I've been editing.
Notice the green icon in the upper right hand corner of
Google Docs.
This tells me that I'm working on an active internet
Any changes I make will regularly sync across the
internet to Google Docs.
Now let's go get some fresh air and
work outside and offline.

To access my documents offline, I simply enter into my web browser or use the Google Docs
desktop icon.
You can tell that Google Docs knows that I'm working
offline, because the indicator icon has turned gray.
Behind the scenes, Google Docs has downloaded my documents
and stored them on my laptop.
And now that I'm offline, I can
view and edit my documents.

Now let's go back inside.
When I go back online and open Google Docs, my changes will
automatically be saved to the server.
Note that to get offline access to Docs, you must first
install Google Gears, a browser plug-in you download
the first time you activate Docs offline.
To try this out, go to and look for
the offline link in the upper right hand
corner of Google Docs.