How to make Shared Folders content available offline in Windows

Many a time when a folder is shared is not available unless the computer is turned on. It is understandable but not desired as you might be away for a day and too and have to be called for a password.  However, in Windows, Shared folders can be made available offline with a unique feature called Caching. When sharing your folders, you can choose whether and how the contents of the share will be available to offline users.

It works on Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows.

Make Shared Folders content available offline in Windows.

It is using this method only the files and programs that users specify will be available offline. However, the end-user will have to open it at least once, and then it will be automatically available offline.

How to make shared content available offline in Windows

  • Right-click on the older you have shared with everyone and click on Properties.
  • Next, switch to the Sharing tab and then switch to the Sharing tab.
  • Click on the Advanced Sharing button.
  • Select Share this folder, and then click on the Caching button.How to make shared content available offline in Windows
  • Here you can choose from the following:
    • Only files and programs that users specify are available offline.
    • No files or programs from the shared are available offline.
    • All files and programs that users open from the shared folders are automatically available offline.
  • Last check on the box that says Optimize for performance

Command-Line Options top enable caching for offline access.

Use the following commands to change aching options for any shared folders. To find out all the folders shared on the computer, execute net share in the Command Prompt. Once you have the name, use the command below and replace <sharename> with the actual name.

net share <sharename> /cache:manual
net share <sharename> /cache:BranchCache
net share <sharename> /cache:documents
net share <sharename> /cache:programs
net share <sharename> /cache:none

So if your friends are complaining about not able to access files when you are offline, tell them now you have configured it well.  This feature had been there since Windows 2003 and is available in Windows XP as Offline files if I am not wrong.

I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to enable offline access via making the content offline in the network folders. Do you use the feature?

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