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How do the Smart Sync icons work and what do they mean?

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I have used Smartsync to make space on my computer ( very useful). But I do not understand how the 3 symbols interact and work:

1 - Cloud symbol ( I get that: file is on the cloud not on the computer)

2 - Green tick in white circle  ( dont understand this?)

3 - Green tick fully green ( I think I understand  this: happens after I have double clicked a file and it is downloaded to the computer)

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But can someone explain the following about Smartsync:

a) why are all the files in the Smartsync folder not the same? ie all on the cloud only

b) if I click on a file to look at it, it starts to automatically download back onto the computer  and take up space with a full green tick. How do I restore it back to the cloud after looking at it?

c) What is the relation of the green tick with white background files, to all this?

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Re: Smartsync Query

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a) As you access files that are marked as Online-only (cloud icon), they are automatically downloaded back to your computer and marked as Local (green check). They remain Local until you make them Online-only again.

b) Right-click the file and select Online-only from the Smart Sync menu.

c) The green check on a white background refers to a mixed-state folder; one that contains both Local and Online-only files.

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