Using Sync Center

by Barry Dysert
(last updated August 27, 2018)


Sync Center is used in conjunction with offline files. It gives you some level of control over the synchronization between a network file and its corresponding offline file. To use Sync Center in Windows 7, click the Start button, type "Sync Center" (without the quotes), and press Enter. Windows displays the Sync Center screen. If you are using Windows 10, type "mobsync" (without the quotes) in the Search bar and press Enter. (Mobsync is the name of the program that runs Sync Center.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Sync Center main screen.

To immediately sync your offline files with those on the network, click the Offline Files folder, then click Sync on the toolbar. The progress bar shows the progress of the sync. You can double-click any of the "Unspecified" items to see details about that item. For example, if you double-click Conflicts the screen shows you which items are in conflict (i.e., were edited both on the network as well as offline) and did not sync. You can then indicate how you'd like to resolve the conflicts.

If you double-click Sync Results, you'll be presented with the details (errors, warnings, and other sync information) about the most recent sync activity.

By double-clicking the Sync Setup item you're given the opportunity to set up new sync partnerships. (A sync partnership is a relationship between an offline file and its on-network counterpart.)

If you click the Manage Offline Files link at the left side of the Sync Center, Windows displays the Offline Files dialog box. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Dealing with offline files.

From here you can disable your offline files, return to the Sync Center, or view individual offline files.

From within Sync Center you can create a schedule so that your offline files are synchronized automatically. Invoke Sync Center again and click the Offline Files folder. Notice the word "Schedule" appears just above it (circled in red below). (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Setting up a sync schedule.

When you click Schedule, a wizard starts that enables you to indicate which items should be synced, when the sync should occur, and how often it should repeat.

Please note: It is possible that when you try to run Sync Center you'll see an error message: "You have no sync partnerships set up on this computer. Click Setup New Sync Partnerships to Get Started." If this happens, you will need to click on the Manage Offline Files link on the left of the Sync Setup window. Windows shows the Offline Files window mentioned earlier. Click on the Enable Offline Files button, then click OK. You will need to restart your computer to apply the setting you just selected. Once your machine restarts you can go through and setup Sync Center.

 This tip (13065) applies to Windows 7 and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...


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2020-11-18 21:09:21

Michael Fannin

I am attempting to set up windows syncing using Win 7 and Win 10 computers. I have a couple of laptops and a couple of desktops on a local (work) network. I am retired and do not use my computers for commercial purposes. I do however take one of the laptops off the network and would like to be able to have the current version of several files/folders with me and then be able to update my main desktop when I return home. I do not want to use the cloud for syncing.

The books that I have referenced and searches on the network do not tell me which computer I am suppose to actually set up the syncing on, the laptop, the desktop (server) or both. So far I have not been successful in setting the syncing function up. I would like to have syncing set up similar to the OneNote syncing prior to using the cloud for syncing.

I would appreciate any guidance you can give me in setting up windows syncing.

Thank you.

2020-01-15 13:05:57


Hi Barry,
Good trip.
Questions: Is there away to export and import the sync schedule after you configure it or can it be configured by a script? That way it can be deployed to all the system in your environment.

Thanks again for posting this tip.

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