How to Enable and Configure Offline Files on Windows 10 and 11

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It is easy working on a corporate network, but what happens when you’re offline but still want to keep working? Run offline files on your device so you can continue working without an internet connection. This article will explain in detail how to enable and configure offline files on Windows 10 and 11. You might be interested in Your Ultimate Guide to Troubleshooting Print Screen Not Working on Windows and How to Check if your Windows Computer Can run a Game

What Are Offline Files?

The Windows 10 offline files feature is a network feature of Sync Center that allows users to access files stored at another point on their network than their own computer, even if the network connection is not working. The files are then automatically synchronized in the next time you connect to the network.

Users can enable Offline Files on their computer and tick the “Always available offline” option for certain files or folders in the shared folder. Then Windows will save the specified files to a local cache on disk and update them periodically in the background.

Why You Need Offline Files On Windows 10 and 11

The first is that offline files can help you make exact copies of the web files you want to protect and use. The second is that you can access and view them at any time, especially when your computer is not connected to the network and server.

How To Enable Offline Files On Windows 10 and 11

There are three ways available to enable offline files on Windows 10 and 11. These are discussed below:

Way 1: Enable Offline Files in Windows 11 by Control Panel

The first method is also the most common method, you can enable offline files through the control panel. Here are the specific steps.

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Step 1: Press Win+R to open the Run Window and type control to open Control Panel, then click on Sync Center.

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Step 2. Click Manage offline files in the left panel.

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Step 3: Under the General tab, click Enable offline files and click Apply to enable it. After that, you will be asked to restart your computer. You just need to do that. Otherwise, you will encounter “Offline file is enabled but not yet active” in Windows 10 and your network files will not be synced to the local mapped drive.

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Way 2: Enable Offline Files in Windows 11 by Registry Editor

The second method for you to enable offline files on Windows 10 and Windows 11 is via Registry Editor. Here is how to do that:

Step 1. Type Registry Editor in the Search box to open it.

Step 2. Go to the CSC and CscService key in order with the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CscService
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Tip: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.

Step 3: You can enable the offline files to set the start value of CSC and CscService to 1 and 2 in order.

Step 4: If you want to disable offline files, set the start value of CSC and CscService to 4.

Step 5: Confirm your operations and restart your computer to let the new settings take effect.

Way 3: Enable Offline Files in Windows 11 by Group Policy Editor

The third method for you is via Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 1: Type group policy in the Search box and then select Edit group policy from the start menu list.

Step 2: Go to Computer Configuration > Administrator templates > Network > Offline Files key.

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Step 3: Scroll down the Offline Files setting to find Allow or Disallow the use of Offline Files feature. Double-click it.

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Step 4:  Then you can enable or disable offline files based on your needs. To enable offline files,  select Enabled in the next window. To disable offline files, select Disabled in the next window.

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Step 5: Finally, restart your computer to make the changes take effect.

In conclusion, this article provides you with 3 ways and you can choose any of them to enable offline files in Windows 11. Offline files allow you to access files without a network and automatically synchronize them in the next time when network is connected.

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