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Published on 01.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Offline Files

Learn how to turn off Offline Files in Windows 7.

Disable Offline Files

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Sync Center in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Sync Center is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Manage offline files in the left column of the Sync Center window.
  4. Click Disable Offline Files in the Offline Files window.


  5. Click OK in the Offline Files window.
  6. Click Yes when asked if you want to restart the computer so that all Offline Files services and settings can be disabled.


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  1. Tech4eleven says:

    Also click on the icon in the system tray (by the clock).

    Or type in “offline” after pressing the windows “start” button.

  2. Mathew says:

    But what about when that button is greyed out, how do we get around that problem?

  3. andi says:

    that doesn’t change the status of the file on the server, just whether the client is syncing. I want to reset the folder on the client. it seems like once you set it to share, there’s no way to reset it!

  4. emanuel says:

    Please enable Offline files temporarily again and restart the computer. You have to do this to access the offline files, otherwise the following will not work because the button are grayed out.
    • Open the Sync Center
    • Select “Manage offline files”
    • Click on “View your offline files” on the General-tab
    • An explorer window opens
    • Double-click on computers
    • You should see now an icon for the computer from which you stored files from.
    • Right-click on the computer icon and choose “Delete offline copy”
    Hope this helps.

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