You can use Briefcase to keep files in sync between two different computers, even if the computers are not on the same network. If the computers are not on the same network, you can copy files from one computer to another by using removable media, work on those files using the other computer, and then use Briefcase to sync the changes back to the original computer.

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To prepare Briefcase to sync

  1. Open the folder where you want to create a new Briefcase.

  2. Right-click a blank area in the folder window, point to New, and then click Briefcase.

  3. A new Briefcase appears. Type a name for the Briefcase, and then copy any files you want to sync into the Briefcase.

    Note

    • You can also create a Briefcase on your desktop by right-clicking a blank area on the desktop, pointing to New, and then clicking Briefcase.

To sync using Briefcase over a network connection

  1. Move the Briefcase over the network to the second computer. For more information about how to do this, see Copy files to another computer.

  2. Make any changes you want to the files on either computer.

  3. When you are ready to sync any changes you have made, right-click the Briefcase, and then click Update All.

To sync using Briefcase with removable media

  1. Move the Briefcase to any type of removable media. For more information about how to do this, see Moving and copying files by using the drag-and-drop method.

  2. Remove the media from the first computer and insert it into the second computer.

  3. Make any changes you want to the files in the Briefcase on the removable media. Do not copy the Briefcase from the removable media onto the second computer.

  4. To sync your changes with the first computer, remove the media from the second computer and insert it into the first computer.

  5. From the first computer, open the removable media folder, right-click the Briefcase, and then click Update All to sync any changes you have made.

Notes

  • When you use Briefcase with removable media, you never sync files in the Briefcase with the second computer. You simply gain the ability to work on these files using another computer and then sync those changes with the first computer.

  • Briefcase does not work with Sync Center.