Access SharePoint Document Libraries from Windows Explorer

SharePoint is a great way to share documents across a team. You can upload documents, track version history, and control access via checkouts. The document libraries on the website have a few shortcomings, though. You can’t move a file, for example. Copying the file to another location is painful, too.

You can make things better by accessing the document library through Windows Explorer. It can be accessed as a UNC path. To get the UNC path, just convert the URL like so:

SharePoint document library URL UNC path
http://mysharepoint/foo/documents \\mysharepoint\foo\documents

Using this little trick, you get all of the Windows functionality you’re used to with none of the restrictions of the SharePoint website. You can rename, drag & drop, and copy/paste just like you would with any network share. Using the SharePoint site isn’t bad, but this provides a better experience.

Author: Adam Prescott

I'm enthusiastic and passionate about creating intuitive, great-looking software. I strive to find the simplest solutions to complex problems, and I embrace agile principles and test-driven development.

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