Offline files feature allows to access network shares even in offline mode i.e even if the machine is not connected to the network. To use this feature first thing we need to do is enabling offline files feature. This can be done as explained in the post How to enable offline files in Vista. and How to enable offline files in Windows 7.
Once offline files is enabled, we need to mark the share for offline availability. This can be done as explained below.
- Open the network share and right click on the share.
- Click on ‘Always Available Offline‘
After we make the network share available offline, we can see green sync icon on the folder. See Offline files sync icon for details on this.