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Take Your Work on the Go with Offline Files and the Briefcase

Here are two ways road warriors can more easily take files with them when they leave home or the office, and then synchronize files back to their desktop PCs when they return.

If you use a laptop on a corporate LAN, you might sometimes store files on the network and forget to bring them home or with you on the road. This frequently happens to people who, like me, are absent-minded on occasion (or more than on occasion—after all, I once left my car keys in the refrigerator).

If you have XP Professional, you can use its Offline Files feature to automatically synchronize folders from the LAN to your notebook so that whenever you leave the office the latest version of your files will be available. To enable the use of offline files, choose My Computer Tools Folder Options Offline Files tab, and select the checkbox next to Enable Offline Files (see Figure 3-17).


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