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This step-by-step article describes how to configure Offline Files to synchronize when a particular network connection becomes active. You can make any shared folder on a network available offline so that you can use the files that are inside of that folder when you disconnect from the network. Normally, synchronization happens automatically whenever a network connection becomes active. However, you can configure your synchronization settings to specify the offline files that are synchronized when a network connection becomes active.
By default, all files that were made available offline by using a particular network connection are synchronized whenever that connection becomes active. For example, if you make shared files on your company network available when you are connected to that network by using a standard LAN connection, those files are synchronized when that connection becomes active. They will not necessarily be synchronized when you connect to that same network by using another network connection, such as a dial-up networking or wireless connection.
You can use the Synchronization Manager to control what files and Web pages are synchronized when any network connection becomes available.
To configure offline files to synchronize when a network connection becomes active:
For additional information about the Offline Files feature in Windows XP, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853/EN-US/ )How To Use Offline Files in Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307885/EN-US/ )How To Use the Briefcase Feature in Windows XP
Article ID: 312171 - Last Review: May 7, 2007 - Revision: 1.3