Install walkthrough

Syncdocs install walkthough

The download page gives a summary of how to install Syncdocs Google Docs syncer. This page shows the details.

Here is a step-by-step guide through the Syncdocs install process. It normally takes a minute or two depending on your computer and network speed.

1. Run the Syncdocs.msi file

The installer will start.

2. Click “Next” to start the install

Syncdocs files will be installed onto your PC.

3. Click ‘Continue’

4. Wait a few seconds

You may need to wait 10-20 seconds while Syncdocs starts up for the first time.

5. Enter your details

Syncdocs needs to know your Google account details in order to connect to Google. Your passwords are kept private, and never leave your local computer or Domain Controller.

Enter your Google username as your full email address, password and agree to the terms of service.

If you wish to Authenticate online and not enter your credentials into Syncdocs, then click on the “use Google” link. Also use this link for Single Sign On (SSO) providers.

If you don’t have a Google account, or want to make a new one click on the “click here to sign up’ link.

Advanced: If you have a custom proxy server, different to your system default proxy, click on ‘Proxy’. Syncdocs can normally figure out by itself whether to use a Proxy, so only change this if you can’t connect.

6. Syncdocs tests your account

Click ‘Next’ to continue.

If Syncdocs could not login, it will tell you what the problem is and how to fix it. Normally it will ask you to re-enter your username or password. If you are unsure of these, then check them by trying to log into Google using a web-browser first.

7. Select what to Sync

This screen lets you change the basics of how Syncdocs works. It is normally fine to leave the default values.

Data Folder

This is the folder on your PC where Syncdocs stores its files. The entire contents of this folder are copied onto Google Docs, and the entire contents of your Google Docs account will be copied into this folder.

The default “My Google Docs” is normally a good choice.

Advanced Settings

The default settings here are also a good choice.

File types to sync

Syncdocs can either sync all file types (the default) or only those types and sizes you can edit on Google.  For example Google Docs can currently only edit Word documents of 500kB or less. If you do not select ‘sync all file types’, then Word files bigger than this will not be synced.


Determines whether Syncdocs converts your files for editing on Google by default, or leaves them in their native format. See the FAQ for a full discussion of the pros and cons of converting.

Windows Integration

This lets you decide what happens when you double click on a file in Windows.

If checked, then the files are associated with Google Docs, and double clicking on, say, a .docx file will open it in Google Docs.

If unchecked, then the system file associations are left as is, so a .docx file will still open in Microsoft Word. You can still open a file in Google Docs simply by right clicking in it and selecting ‘Open in Google Docs’

8. Setup done

That’s it. Syncdocs is installed and will keep your Google Documents and selected folder, subfolders and files in sync.

9. First run

Syncdocs runs in the taskbar (system tray). It only pops up this balloon message the first time its run. After that it just gets out of your way and keeps your docs in sync.

You can double click on the taskbar icon to see the progress. If you have selected many files, then your first sync can take a while.