By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 26, 2013 08:57 AM EDT
A couple of hours after the last Google Drive update, Google announced a cool new feature: automatic syncing for all Docs, Sheets and Slides.
This means that users can now access those documents even when offline. Moreover, Google also offers the possibility to create and edit drawings offline. The two new features are set to roll out over the next "few days," so those who didn't get them yet need not worry — they're coming.
"If you've set up Google Drive offline, you can now create and edit drawings offline," explains the announcement on Google+. "In addition, all of your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now be automatically available offline (space permitting), so you won't have to worry about remembering that specific file before catching your flight! It may take a few days to see these changes as we complete the rollout."
The offline feature is available at this link, but note that offline access is only available for Google's Chrome browser or Chrome OS devices. Check out Google's support page for instructions on how to set up offline access.
Both of the aforementioned additions are only available if offline access is enabled in Google drive. Otherwise, users will not be able to view, edit or create any files. Automatic syncing of all files can prove extremely useful. Users will still be able to access their files even if their Internet goes down for a while. If you're working on something, for instance, and lose Internet connection, you can keep working by the time you're back online. Google Drive will sync all files in the background, so everything will be there.
Those who enabled offline access but changed their mind and no longer want it can easily disable it at any time. To disable offline access, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window and select "Stop using Docs offline."
It remains unclear at this point whether Google plans to make this feature available on other browsers as well or whether one day it will simply set it up as part of Chrome, as it does in Chrome OS.
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