Google has finally launched offline editing for Google Docs users, enabling them to keep writing even when their internet connection drops out.
“No internet connection? No big deal. With offline editing, you can create and edit Google documents and leave comments. Any changes you make will be automatically synced when you get back online,” said Clay Bavor, Product Management Director at Google in a post on the Google Docs Blog.
While most features are available in the offline mode Google Docs users will not be able to insert an image or drawing, use the translate or research tools, or share, download, publish and print documents.
The offline mode is only available for word processing documents right now but Clay Bavor said, “We’re also working hard to make offline editing for spreadsheets and presentations available in the future.”
Technology blog Venture Beat writes that, “Offline editing puts Google Docs in a position to take on note-taking applications such as Evernote. One major complaint about Evernote is the inability to share notes with others, which Google Docs obviously already enables.”
To enable offline editing, click on the gear icon located in the top right hand side of the page in Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs) in Google Chrome or ChromeOS and select “set up Docs offline beta.”