Offline Access to Google Docs with Gears

Feb 05, 2009

Gears is an open source application that allows users offline access to Google's documents and spreadsheets. But not entirely problem-free.

Google's online office, Google Docs, enables the creation of documents on the web, allowing access from anywhere in the world. Providing the information stored isn't too sensitive, a good idea. But most users can't be online 24/7. Now they don't have to be.

With the browser plug-in, Google Gears, users can create and modify documents offline. Changes are then updated on Google servers as soon as the user is back online. The application is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Currently, documents can be viewed but not modified, and only in the English language, but localizations are expected soon.
The new feature is available for users with Firefox 1.5+, Explorer 6 and Google Chrome. Once registered with, a click on the link "offline" starts the Gears installation.

Related content

  • Introduction to the Google Tool Set

    Google believes most of what you do on a computer can happen in a browser window – from anywhere in the world. The versatile Google tool set brings that vision to everyday users, and it is all just a few mouse clicks away.

  • Legal Video Downloads: YouTube goes Offline

    Until now, watching YouTube videos offline has been an awkward business, possible only with Firefox plugins or similar contraptions. Now, with the help of Creative Commons licenses, this could soon change.

  • Staying Productive while Offline
  • Google Gears Ends as Separate Project

    Gears Team project manager Ian Fette revealed in the Gears blog why development on the product was stalled for months: the project is to lose its independence because the effort on Gears was to become part of HTML5 and Chrome.

  • HTML5 Offline

    An offline cache in your browser and a bit of HTML5 acrobatics combine for interactive web applications that keep working even when the Internet connection breaks down.

comments powered by Disqus

Issue 175/2015

Buy this issue as a PDF

Digital Issue: Price $9.99
(incl. VAT)


njobs Europe
Njobs Netherlands Njobs Deutschland Njobs United Kingdom Njobs Italia Njobs France Njobs Espana Njobs Poland
Njobs Austria Njobs Denmark Njobs Belgium Njobs Czech Republic Njobs Mexico Njobs India Njobs Colombia