Read only Google Docs and Calendar content available off line

Posted By on September 2, 2011

Google web-based products such a docs and calendar were once upon a time available googleofflinefor off line use; thankfully they are now being re-launched. Things are slowly coming back to a more useful state with the new off line viewing (read only) extension for the Chrome browser. I’m looking forward to hopefully once again being able to edit off line as well and to be able to synchronize as with Google Gears.

“Gears no long available after 12/2012.”

I’ve added the new HTML5 extension this week and appreciate having a copy of the docs and calendar available when I’m not at my computer or connected to the Internet … or for that matter, when Google is down.

Available Offline

Offline access is available only for documents and spreadsheets. When you have Google Docs open and have an Internet connection, your most recently opened documents and spreadsheets will sync and become available offline. Presentations, drawings and other items are not currently available offline.


At this time, documents and spreadsheets are available in view-only mode. You must restore your Internet connection to make any edits. In addition, you can’t create new Docs while you’re offline.


Google Docs are available offline only in the Chrome browser.



Offline access is allowed on a computer-by-computer basis. Anyone with access to a computer where you’ve enabled offline access will be able to view your synced documents and spreadsheets when they open Chrome. To protect your data, don’t allow offline access on public or shared computers.



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