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Sync feature

Posted by Paul on June 15, 2014

In this article we can explore the Sync feature of SharePoint. This feature is available in SharePoint 2013 & Online edition.

Following is the screen shot of sync link. Sync command is available for document libraries. Using the Sync command on any document library, the user can take the folder to their desktop offline.



Please note that this option is not available for Lists.

What is Sync?

The Sync functionality enables Offline working on the document library. You can use the Sync option to synchronize documents to your computer. You can work on them & changes will be automatically updated back.


Clicking on the sync command a dialog will be prompted to launch Groove.exe


Click the Launch Application button.


Prompt for Sync.


You will get the dialog with synchronizing done. Click on the Show my files button to view the folder.


Clicking on the sync command a dialog will be prompted to launch Groove.exe

Folder view

Following is the folder view.


Now you can work offline to add documents, edit & delete. Later when you are connected to Internet the synchronization will take place automatically.

OneDrive Application

In the background there will be a SkyDrive Pro application running for synchronizing the document.



In the background Microsoft OneDrive will be doing the synchronizing operation. If you are using SharePoint Online, then Microsoft OneDrive Pro will be the underlying component.



In this article we have explored Sync feature of SharePoint 2013.


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