Do you still think Google Chromebooks are completely useless when disconnected from the internet? Well, in addition to playing music, playing videos, editing pictures, reading ebooks, writing documents, reading and composing emails, and editing your calendar, you can now add the ability to create presentations to the list of things that Chromebooks are perfectly capable of doing offline.
Google recently announced that it’s now possible to create, edit, comment on, and present Google Slides anywhere in the world that you can bring your Chromebook (or a Windows or Mac machine that’s running the Chrome web browser). If you’ve already enabled offline access to your Google Drive, you don’t have to do anything – this feature is automatically available to you right now. And if you haven’t, yet, just navigate to your Drive at drive.google.com, click on More in the left-hand column, and then select Offline Docs. Simply follow the instructions that appear, and you’ll be good to go.
As someone who has moved almost entirely to the cloud, and who now relies on his Chromebook for almost everything nowadays, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I am creating new presentations every few weeks, so the ability to take those with me and work on them anytime, even without an internet connection, is incredibly welcome news. And soon, Google says the same functionality will be available for Google Sheets, too.
Google certainly wasn’t lying when they said my Chromebook would get better and better over time!