No Microsoft Word alternative is worth its salt if it requires an Internet connection to edit important documents. Fortunately for Chromebook owners, Google Drive makes its documents and presentations editable offline. So whether or not you’re near a hotspot, you can make changes to your files and near-seamlessly sync them to their cloud-based counterparts when you reconnect. Here’s how to set it up.
The Google Drive app now appears in the apps menu.
After setup, when you are offline, you can open and edit your Google Docs. A message appears in the top center that says All Changes Saved Offline.
When you connect to the Internet again, you’ll see a yellow dialogue box in the top center that prompts you to Switch To Docs Online.
Click Switch To Docs Online and your document is updated with changes you made offline.
You’ll also notice that in the dashboard, all Google docs are labeled as Offline.