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Windows 7: Offline Files Folder Shortcut - Create

Offline Files Folder Shortcut - Create

How to Create an "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
03 Mar 2010
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How to Create an "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to create or download an Offline Files Folder shortcut to be able to view your offline files easier and faster in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
In Windows 7, offline files is only available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

In Windows 8, offline files is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.


EXAMPLE: Offline Files Folder
Offline Files Folder Shortcut - Create-offline_files_folder.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Download an "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut
1. To Download the "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Offline_Files_Folder.zip
download
2. To Download the "Computers" Offline File Folder Shortcut
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Computers - Offline Files Folder.zip
download
3. To Download the "Mapped Network Drives" Offline File Folder Shortcut
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Mapped Network Drives - Offline Files Folder.zip
download
4. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

5. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to the desktop.

6. Right click on the extracted shortcut, and click/tap on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 7.

7. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

8. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create an "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut
1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below for the shortcut you want into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
For the "Offline Files Folder" Shortcut
Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}
For the "Computers" Offline File Folder Shortcut
Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}\Computers
For the "Mapped Network Drives" Offline File Folder Shortcut
Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}\MappedDrives
Name:  Step1.jpg
Views: 2093
Size:  93.6 KB
3. Type in a name you would like for this shortcut, and click/tap on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 2084
Size:  71.5 KB
4. Right click on the new shortcut on the Desktop, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step3.jpg
Views: 2101
Size:  98.5 KB
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\System32\cscui.dll
Name:  Step4.jpg
Views: 2100
Size:  51.4 KB
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step5.jpg
Views: 2085
Size:  96.9 KB
9. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

10. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn



03 Mar 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Good Job Shawn ... Thanks for the Tutorial

I have a quick question how any Tutorials you have created so far


My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Shyam. Thank you.

I'm not sure exactly how many, but just a few or so.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #3
wwcanoer

Windows 7 Business x64
 
 

Excellent Shawn - Thank You.

How to create a shortcut to a sub-folder of the offline files?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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24 Feb 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome wwcanoer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure yet, but I'll look into it to see what I may be able to come up with. Was there a particular one you wanted a shortcut of in the "Offline File Folder".

UPDATE:
I have updated the tutorial to also include shortcuts that open directly to the Computers and Mapped Network Drives Offline Files Folders.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #5
wwcanoer

Windows 7 Business x64
 
 
Thanks for the prompt action!

Thank-you Brink for the prompt response!

However, offline files did not work the way I expected. I expected it to work like a normal 2-way sync but I could not create files or folders locally (I could edit them). There was also some interference with my company's network. When I turned on "encrypt local files", then I was no longer able to open (read) any files on the source network drive. A little bizarre. No need to reply because I abandoned offline files and will use a sync program instead for working files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome wwcanoer. I hope that will work for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jan 2014   #7
ztalk112

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

I'm unsure whether the outcome specified in this great tutorial is what I need or not. Maybe someone can help me work this through

Here's my setup and problem:

1. I have two Windows 7 computers set up to access a Synology NAS via a single master network share folder.

2. I have the two computers connected via a KVM switch (but not connected via a Home Group).

3. I have shortcuts on the desktop of each computer to both the master shared (NAS) folder and several sub folders.

And that works great except that if I swap computers for anything over an hour, the desktop shortcuts have disappeared when I return to the first computer.

Note that the shortcuts are unaffected if I put the computer into sleep mode or shutdown completely.

They are also unaffected if I return to the computer (via the KVM switch) in anything less than an hour (at least that seems to be the threshold).

Again, the subject matter in this tutorial seems like it may offer a solution, but I'm not sure.

Thanks in anticipation.

Gary
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