How to Access SkyDrive Files Offline in Windows 8.1

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One of the more exciting features of  Windows 8.1 is that SkyDrive is now more deeply woven into the operating system. SkyDrive is now integrated into Explorer on the desktop, and you can also set SkyDrive as the default location for saving documents.

Microsoft has also updated SkyDrive to allow offline access to your cloud storage. Take your work with you everywhere you go by learning how to make all files available offline and enable the SkyDrive app to download synced files to your device.

1.Tap the SkyDrive tile on the Start screen to launch the app.


2. Swipe from the right of the screen while you are in the Skydrive app to show a sidebar with more options.

3. Tap the Gear icon to display the Settings menu.


4. Tap Options from the Settings menu



5. Tap the toggle to turn "Access all files offline" on.



And you're done. Remember to give the app some time to sync and download your documents. Once the status below your filename says Available Offline, you will be able to access it with or without an active Internet connection.

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