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Beginners Guides: Synchronizing Files and Folders
Beginners Guides: Synchronizing Files and Folders  - PCSTATS
In this article we will explain the process of file synchronization and show you the two major methods of synchronization within Windows XP.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Sep 21 2004   M. Dowler  
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Over a Network

Inside the file share, right click on any file or folder that you wish to synchronize. Select 'make available offline' to open the offline files wizard.

Check the 'automatically synchronize the offline files when I log on or log off my computer' box. Create a desktop shortcut to the offline files folder with the option on the next page. This is the easiest way to keep track of all your offline files. Hit next, then 'finish.' Future files will use these settings automatically.

The files from the remote computer will be copied into your 'offline files' folder and synchronized whenever you log on or off while connected to the network. The files will also synchronize each time you save them as long as you are connected.

If you want to change the settings you specified in the offline files wizard, or if you want to manually synchronize the contents of the offline files folder at any time, simply open the folder, go to 'tools' and select 'synchronize.' From the synchronize window, you can also use the 'setup' button to access some additional options for synchronizing your files, including 'on idle' and scheduled synchronization.

Open the files within the 'offline files' folder when you wish to edit them.

Getting fancy: Synchronizing over the Internet

Offline files can also be synchronized over the Internet with the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection. For instructions on how to form and use a VPN connection, see our PCstats' Guide to VPN's here . Once you have a connection established, you can synchronize your offline files at will.

We hope you've enjoyed this quick guide to file synchronization in Windows XP. The briefcase and offline files methods will work in conjunction with other Windows operating systems also, though your results may vary in this case. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask PCstats!

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Synchronizing Files and Folders
 Pg 2.  Methods of synchronizing files in XP
 Pg 3.  To use the WinXP Briefcase
 Pg 4.  Using Offline Files For File Synchronization
 Pg 5.  To share folders
 Pg 6.  — Over a Network

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