How to Add SharePoint to File Explorer in Windows

SharePoint is one of the best collaborative platforms that is used for a wide range of activities like document storage, communication, data exchange, blogging, websites, etc. If you want to make things easier, you can add SharePoint to File Explorer in Windows. Let me show you how.

Generally, you need to upload or move files to SharePoint via Office app or the web service. However, this may not be convenient for every user. In those cases, you can quickly open SharePoint with File Explorer and move or copy your documents and other files and folders to it.

Though the process of opening a SharePoint library in File Explorer is pretty simple, it is not that easy to find the options that let you do so. Especially for beginner users.

So, without further ado, let me show you can either temporarily or permanently add SharePoint to File Explorer.

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Step to Add SharePoint to File Explorer

There are multiple ways you can add SharePoint in Windows. I will show both the temporary and permanent ways. Use the method according to your needs.

Temporary method

The temporary method is useful if you just want to open SharePoint in File Explorer to move or copy files to and from. Once you close the SharePoint folder, it will be lost. That is, it will not persist in your hard drive. Every time you want to access SharePoint, you have to initiate the connection afresh. This method is useful if you are not using your own computer.

1. Open SharePoint in Internet Explorer. Yes, you need to use the Internet Explorer for this to work. Mainly because this feature uses ActiveX Control. No browser other than Internet Explorer supports this age-old technology.

Also, this will only work if you are using Internet Explorer 10 or Internet Explorer 11. Unless you are using an ancient system, you don’t have to worry about this requirement.

2. Now, go to the SharePoint library you want to open in File Explorer. Next, click on the “All Documents” drop-down menu and select the “View in Explorer” option.

Add sharepoint to file explorer - select view in file explorer

3. That is all. As soon as you click on the option, the target SharePoint library will open in the File Explorer. From there, you can move, copy, or modify files and folders are required.

As I said before, the opened SharePoint folder is temporary. That is, once you close the folder, it will be automatically deleted from your system.

Note: If you are using older versions of SharePoint with the Ribbon interface, you need to go to the “Library” tab and click on the “Open with Explorer” option.

Permanent Method

If you want to access your SharePoint library from File Explorer whenever you want then this method is perfect. All you have to do is add SharePoint as a network drive in the File Explorer. Keep in mind that you need to authenticate or re-authenticate as and when needed.

1. First, open SharePoint in the Internet Explorer and go to Documents page.

2. Now, click on the address bar, select the URL up to your document name and copy the URL by pressing Ctrl + C. Simply put, you can ignore the “.aspx” part.

Add sharepoint to file explorer - copy url

3. Now, open File Explorer and select the “Computer → Map network drive” option.

Add sharepoint to file explorer - select map network drive option

4. In the wizard, select the drive letter you want to assign from the drop-down menu, enter the URL in the blank field, and click on the “Finish” button.

Note: When you first open the mapped SharePoint drive, you might be prompted to authenticate yourself. Do so to get access to the library.

Add sharepoint to file explorer - map to drive

That is all. The SharePoint library is mapped as a network drive in the File Explorer. From now on, you can access it like any other folder or drive. Of course, as long as you have an active internet connection, you can manage files and folders in it without any problems whatsoever.

That is all. It is that simple to add SharePoint to File Explorer in Windows.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

If you like this article, do check out how to add FTP drive to File Explorer in Windows.

7 thoughts on “How to Add SharePoint to File Explorer in Windows”

  1. Avatar for Phil

    The mapped network drive could not be created because the following error occurred:
    Access Denied. Before opening files in this location, you must first add the web site to your trusted sites list, browse to the web site, and select the option to login automatically.

    I navigate and added the site to my trusted site, then selected the ‘Connect using different credentials’ in the map a drive window. Any other suggestions to get it functioning?
    Note: on a work computer.

      1. Avatar for Darren

        Open Internet Explorer and add the SharePoint site to your trusted sites
        (Settings > Internet Options > Security > Trusted sites > Sites)
        Make sure you untick the Require Server Verification tickbox.

        When you map the drive, you need to make sure you are accessing the SharePoint site via Internet Explorer and are logged in with “Keep me signed in” selected.

        1. Avatar for Sam

          What about trying to add a site to a safe list in chrome? I’m getting the same error message and can’t figure out how to allow the same permissions through chrome.

  2. Avatar for Trevy Burgess

    Some SharePoint sites require you to fill in metadata, such as version number and comment. A mapped drive, by default, can’t handle this scenario. As a result, files can’t be checked-in.

    What must we do to fix this?

  3. Avatar for Dan

    The setup process works perfectly, but the drive keeps disconnecting about a week after being set up. Does anyone have any suggestions for what is causing this?

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