Prevent use of Offline Files folder

Disables the Offline Files folder. This setting disables the “View Files” button on the Offline Files tab. As a result users cannot use the Offline Files folder to view or open copies of network files stored on their computer. Also they cannot use the folder to view characteristics of offline files such as their server status type or location. This setting does not prevent users from working offline or from saving local copies of files available offline. Also it does not prevent them from using other programs such as Windows Explorer to view their offline files. This setting appears in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration folders. If both settings are configured the setting in Computer Configuration takes precedence over the setting in User Configuration. Tip: To view the Offline Files Folder in Windows Explorer on the Tools menu click Folder Options click the Offline Files tab and then click “View Files. “

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> NetCache # NoCacheViewer

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Offline Files


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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