Forcing Offline File Synchronization

by Chris Sanders [Published on 27 Feb. 2007 / Last Updated on 27 Feb. 2007]

Here we look at how to manually synchronize offline files

By design, the offline files synchronization feature happens when you log on to, or log off of a computer. There may arise a situation, such as during testing, where you need to manually force this synchronization. This can be done by navigating to the start menu, going to programs, then accessories, and clicking “Synchronize”. Follow the dialogs presented to force the manual synchronization of your offline files.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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