why Google does not launch offline version of Google Doc

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  1. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Consultant

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    Google doc is the best ever word editing application for me because it's neat and easy to use. It also saves everything instantly and automatically on the cloud. However, the worst thing of it is it's not as snappy as offline application installed to PC. Every time I try to access a file it takes at least 3-4 seconds for the document to appear which is annoying and frustrating. I understand this because it's online, the fastest server cannot be as snappy as an offline application.

    Any way to solve this problem?
     
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  2. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Stop using Google Doc's online :)

    Here's how to set it up.
    1. Log in to Google Docs in your browser or launch Google Drive from the app menu if it's already installed.
    2. Select More from the left-side menu.
    3. Select Offline.
    4. Click Enable Offline. ...
    5. Click Get the App to download the Google Docs Chrome app from the Web store.
    6. Select Add To Chrome in the top right.
    How to Set Up and Use Google Docs Offline
    https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2486399,00.asp

    Use Google Drive files offline
    https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375012?co=GENIE.Platform=Desktop&hl=en
     
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  3. bennni

    bennni Notebook Evangelist

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    I use Word and have my documents auto-save to the dropbox folder. This way they're accessed locally but are also automatically backed up in case of system failure. This actually came in useful last week when the MB of one of my systems failed while working on something. Signed into Dropbox on another system and was able to finish the piece without too much interruption (Well, minus not being able to access all of the meticulously arranged bookmarks in Firefox). It's not an elegant solution but it worked well enough when my system failed.
     
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    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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  5. bennni

    bennni Notebook Evangelist

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    I do use Firefox sync but since I was forced to use a system that didn't belong to me, I didn't want all of my bookmarks etc. added to that browser. I suppose I could have installed a portable version and then synced that... Might be a possibility in the future.

    Xmark seems like quite a simpler solution. Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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  6. Jarhead

    Jarhead Perfectly Sane

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    And just to throw another option in the ring (along with offline Google Docs, Office, etc), there's always LibreOffice.
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    Really Google doc did you know it uses MS Office format and to say it's the best is a hypocritical posting. I have MS office 2016 on my Desktop and Laptop and have no problem using standalone. If you can get it from less if your company or institution that uses MS Office you can get it on the cheaper price and install for offline usage. I trust cloud about much as **** hits the fan anything cloud storage that is important I don't store there things I don't worry about I would put on cloud since it will give no personnel and important data to data miners or hacker that breach their security and make off with data.
     
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    alexhawker Spent Gladiator

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    Um, no. You can download a Google Doc in MS Word format, but it's getting converted (and there are usually formatting issues).
     
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    Jarhead Perfectly Sane

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    Nevermind that, but Microsoft doesn't even fully comply with the OOXML format that *they* introduced as the standard for their current document specifications (.docx, etc) (hence the required conversion you mentioned). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Open_XML and in particular the Application Support section (and associated citations) provide an interesting read into this.

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    So please, if someone's going to go on a zealous "I LOVE THIS COMPANY AND THEIR PRODUCTS FEAR ME" rant, at least make sure not to make the same mistake as OP ;)
     
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