Windows 10 – What is Sync Center and How to Use It

There is one feature in Windows 10 (though it was present in the previous version also) called Sync Center and Offline Files. Many users are still unaware of this feature. But nothing to worry about, we will share this piece of information with you. In this tutorial, we will drop down the details of Sync Center and Offline Files.

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What is Sync Center in Windows 10?

Sync Center is the feature of Windows 10 which allows you to sync the information between your PC and offline files which are saved in the folders of the network servers. You can obtain them even when your server or your PC is not linked with the network and thus they are termed as Offline Files. Here, it does not permit you to sync the information between your PC and other supportable gadgets.

How to Access Sync Center in Windows 10

Launch the Control Panel of Windows 10 on your screen. Make the items into small icons because the Sync Center is not obtainable via Categories view. Look for the Sync Center icon. Open it.

sync center link on control panel

This is how Sync Center looks when opened for the first time.

sync center window

How to Enable Offline Files in Windows 10 Sync Center

Configure Sync Settings over Metered Connection on Windows 10

The first thing that you have to carry out before syncing the folders over the network is to Enable the Offline Files. And to make it happen, click on the Manage offline files link on the left side column.

manage offline files link

You will see an Offline Files window on your screen. In the General tab, see if it is enabled or not. In any case, it is not, click Enable Offline Files and click Ok. You will be asked to restart the computer.

enable offline files button

After restarting the computer, navigate to the Offline Files as described above. Now you will have other tabs available on the Offline Files window.

How to Configure Offline Files in Windows 10 Sync Center

You can easily configure the Offline Files on your Windows 10 computer. The Disk Usage, Encryption, and Network tabs will help you in configuring the Offline Files.

Disk Usage

The Disk Usage tab will display you the amount of disk space that is presently being used and available for keeping the offline files on your PC.

set disk usage limit

To change the data limit, click on Change limits buttons.

offline files disk usage limit

An Offline Files Disk Usage Limits window will pop up in front of you. You will see two options: one for offline files and the other for temporary files. Use the slider and set your required limit. After changing the limits, click Ok.


To provide more security to your offline files, you can encrypt them. Click on Encrypt option to encrypt your files.

You can also read our article on encryption by following this link:

Windows 10: How to Encrypt Drive Partition using Bitlocker


The description of this tab is clearly explained in the tab. You can choose and set your preferred time for checking the slow connectivity. If a slow connection occurs, Windows will start working offline by itself and on the same hand saves the copies that you are using in network files.


This tutorial will help you when you wish to work with the files and the network. If there are any queries disturbing you, free to share with us.

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. There should be a list of useless features in Windows and this should be on there.

  2. SyncCentre / Offline Files does not work on my Windows 10 (Creators) PC. The Manage offline files button does not respond at all, and when I click to create a Partnership the app merely reports that they cannot be created on my device. Why? There is nothing exceptional about my device (s).

  3. Maestrogarry


    You can use KrojamSoft SyncFile for synchronising. Its a simple and best software for synchronising.

  4. can this be done between a folder with windows 10 os and a folder on a server running windows 7?

  5. Birgit Haake


    I have activated offline folders on my Windows 10 workstation.
    When I open the contextual menu of a directory on a normal network file share the option “always available offline” is available.
    But when I open the contextual menu of a directory on a distributed file share (dfs) the option “always available offline” is not available. With a Windows 7 Workstation the option “always available offline” is available on dfs shares.

    Do you know how offline folders work on Windows 10 with dfs?

  6. how do I “sync” my e-mail, incoming and outgoing?

  7. Sync Center is available in all editions of windows 10 according to the documentation I have seen.

  8. Hey blondie, Offline link is placed in the left sidebar.

  9. Hi,

    Win 7 had the capability to switch manually between online and offline, even when connected online. I am unable to trace this functionality under Win 10. Where do I find this functionality on Win 10?


  10. I have a Maxtor external HDD, I would like to Sync my files and folders to HDD. I am using Windows 10 Pro. which is the best tool for the same.

  11. Exactly. I am using pro version.

  12. So does this mean it is only available in Pro? Because in my Home Edition the button “Manage offline files” is visible but clicking it results in nothing.

    Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

  13. This is also available in Pro.

  14. Is this feature available in the home edition of Windows 10?