Using Sync Center

by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 14, 2014)

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 click the Start button, type "Sync Center" (without the quotes), and press Enter. Windows displays the Sync Center screen. (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 synch. 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.

 This tip (13065) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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