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Okay, this is messed up. I opened up my budgets spreadsheet as I do every week, and realized that I could only edit 1-2 cells before everything would freeze up. Inspecting the UI, I found a tiny lightning bolt in a circle next to the title whose hover text reads "You are offline". No Google, I'm not. This is in Chrome, which appears to have updated itself today.

I uninstalled the Google Drive desktop program (had been meaning to anyway after reading this scary article) and also removed Google Drive from the list of apps on my new tab screen. No luck.

Other details:

  • It seems to apply to other spreadsheets too, but not text documents.
  • It seems to work fine in Firefox
  • Chrome is version 22.0.1229.94
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I don't have a solution, but I've seen the same thing. Obviously the "heartbeat" being sent back to the Google servers isn't returning (on time) and so the client drops into offline mode. I've not been able to find a consistent time, place, or circumstance for when this happens. –  Al E. Oct 24 '12 at 12:53
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It just happened to me, and turned out to be script blocking.
If you are using ScriptSafe or any of the other script blocker - make sure scripts originating from 0.docs.google.com (and possibly others, as the implementation changes with time) are marked "allowed".
Needless to say - make sure the scripts you allow are safe before you allow them...

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Interesting. I don't use any kind of script blocking, so it must have been something else causing it for me... –  MalcolmOcean Mar 14 '13 at 4:34
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This is probably Google Docs/Drive's issue. I have the same issue and have tried turning off the offline editing but no luck. Since the offline mode is only supported by Chrome for now according to Google support doc, the easiest walk around is to use IE/Firefox/Safari.

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It seeeeems that this is no longer an issue thanks to some update to something. Fingers crossed.

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