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Create Offline Files Shortcut On The Desktop


By default, Windows 10 has a feature named Sync Center and offline files, both of which operate Interactively, to allow the availability of network files when the network connection to the server Is down. Essentially, when offline files Is enabled, users can access their network files, regardless of server availability. To simplify Its accessibility, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an offline files shortcut folder on the desktop.


Before I begin, If you're not sure on how the Sync Center and offline files operate, you can refer to my tutorial located here. Although the Sync Center can be accessed with a number of steps via Control Panel, nothing beats the convenience of simply clicking a shortcut folder on your desktop.

In a nutshell, once the shortcut Is created, you will have a one-click access to your offline files folder. This Is an extremely simple process, performed with only a few steps until completion. Do note that the Sync Center, Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So let's get this tutorial happening.

Step One:
Right-click on a blank area on your desktop, and then select New > Shortcut as Illustrated below.



Step Two:
Next, In the Type the location of the Item field, enter the following command.
explorer shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}

Click Next to move forward.



Step Three:
You now need to enter a name for your offline files shortcut folder. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine Windows 10 Tips Offline Files. Hit Finish to finalize the process.



Step Four:
And here's my offline files shortcut folder on the desktop. Let's confirm Its functionality, by double-clicking It.



Last Step:
As you can see, my offline files directory has executed, hence the shortcut Is working as expected.



Final Thoughts:
Those familiar with how to navigate to the Windows 10 Sync Center via Control Panel, will be well aware that It does take a number of steps to access their offline files. Whilst It's not a lengthy nor complex task, having an offline files shortcut folder readily available on the desktop, Is certainly welcomed In terms of ease of access.



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