What does working offline mean?


Quick Answer

You are working offline when your computer is not connected to other devices or using an Internet connection. This is opposed to being online, where a device, such as a computer or program, can communicate with other devices or the Internet connection in order to complete a task.

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Working offline prevents all information from traveling to or from the computer. This option is more commonly chosen by those using a dial-up connection as it prevents your computer or programs from automatically connecting to the Internet, which can tie up a phone line. You can choose to have your computer or program work offline by selecting the appropriate option.

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