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SharePoint Explorer view as a network drive (Windows 7/8x)

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Recently I was asked how to take the nifty SharePoint Explorer view and save a shortcut to it so users don’t need to constantly navigate to the library via the browser to access it.  This of course assumes that you do not want to or can not use OneDrive due to one of it’s many shortcomings.

  1. Ensure your site has been added to the “Trusted Sites” or “Intranet Sites” security zone in IE settings.  If it hasn’t been added, you’ll need to add it then reboot your computer.  If you don’t do this you’ll end up with an access denied error when you attempt to map the network drive.
    Screenshot - 10_21_2014 , 11_03_04 PM
  2. Navigate to the library in your browser and click the “Open with Explorer”.
    MapNetworkDrive-SharePointLib
  3. Depending on your operating system, you’ll need to do one of the following:

    Windows 8x only:

    1. In the explorer window tool bar click Easy access -> Map as Drive.
      MapNetworkDrive-MapDrive
    2. Wait for those slow Windows 7 people to catch up…

    Windows 7/8x:

    1. In the explorer window location bar, copy the location (from “http” to the very end).
      MapNetworkDrive-Win7CopyLocation
    2. Open My Computer from your desktop and select Map Network Drive.
      MapNetworkDrive-Win7MapNetworkDrive
    3. Paste the location we copied in step 2.1 into the folder text box.
      MapNetworkDrive-Win7PasteLocation
  4. In the Map Network Drive window, select the drive letter you wish to map to.
  5. For Office 365 users in the Map Network Drive window, check the box to Connect using different credentials.
    MapNetworkDrive-ChooseDrive
  6. Click Finish.
  7. If prompted, enter your SharePoint username/email and password and click OK.
    MapNetworkDrive-EnterCreds

[Edit – 11/22/2014] I found that this does not work well on Office 365, so if you’re using O365 and want a more permanent desktop integration solution, you’re stuck with OneDrive (until I can find a way to fix it).

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