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Published on 05.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove Make Available Offline

Learn how to remove the “Make Available Offline” option from file menus and context menus in Windows 7.

This setting removes the “Make Available Offline” option from the File menu and from all context menus in Windows Explorer. As a result, users cannot designate files to be saved on their computer for offline use.

However, this setting does not prevent the system from saving local copies of files that reside on network shares designated for automatic caching.

This setting appears in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration folders. If both settings are configured, the setting in Computer Configuration takes precedence over the setting in User Configuration.

Remove “Make Available Offline”

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, and then select Offline Files in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Remove “Make Available Offline” on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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