Google has announced the general availability of offline viewing for all file types in Google Drive on the web. Photo: File
Google has announced the general availability of offline viewing for all file types in Google Drive on the web. Photo: File

Google Drive rolls out nifty feature for offline access

By IANS Time of article published Sep 6, 2021

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Google has announced the general availability of offline viewing for all file types in Google Drive on the web.

The new feature lets you access PDFs, images, Microsoft Office documents and other non-Google files even without an internet connection.

According to Android Central, it is gradually rolling out to all Drive users and should be live for everyone by next week.

In early 2019, Google began testing an option in Google Drive's web version that lets you make all file types such as PDFs, images, office Microsoft Office documents available for offline viewing. Now, that feature has come out of beta, the report said.

To turn on offline support for a certain file, you can simply right-click on an item in your Drive and then toggle the “available offline” option in the menu.

You can then open those files using the compatible apps installed on your PC through Drive’s web-based portal.

As part of this update, Chrome OS users can now choose the Docs, Sheets, and Slides files they want to make accessible offline through the Files app on some of the best Chromebooks.

This means they won’t have to open Drive or Docs to mark these files for offline viewing, the report said.

The feature is available to all Drive users who use either a personal or business account. However, in an office set-up, administrators need to manually enable offline access for their domain.

Google has begun rolling out the new capability, and it should be available to everyone by September 14.

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