How to be ready for offline work with a Chromebook

Adjust a few settings, install an extension, select files and you can work without an internet connection on a Chromebook.

Photo and Illustration: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

Chromebooks are designed to work best with an internet connection. Start your system, open the Chrome browser and all the resources of the web are yours to access. Google designed Chromebooks to be fast, secure and simple to use. System updates that install with a restart are measured in seconds.

You can do a lot with a Chromebook offline, too, including working with Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings. But since the device presumes an internet connection, you need to take a few steps to make sure apps and data are available offline. To prepare your Chromebook for offline work, make sure your system is up-to-date and connected to the…

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