Open a SharePoint Library in Windows Explorer and save it to Quick Access

If you can’t sync a library, or prefer not to, you can pin the web location of a SharePoint form, media, or document library to your “Quick Access” panel in Windows Explorer.

This allows you to interact with (edit, replace, delete) the files just as you would in a network drive but requires that you’re connected to your SharePoint environment – there are no offline files in this method.

Access the library in Windows Explorer

  1. Copy URL of library in SharePoint
  2. Open Windows Explorer and paste in URL, deleting everything after the library name
  3. Hit Enter

Pin to Quick Access

You could then right-click “Quick access” on the left of Windows Explorer and select “Pin current folder to Quick Access” to bookmark it for next time

3 Replies to “Open a SharePoint Library in Windows Explorer and save it to Quick Access”

  1. Nate, this is a very useful tool – especially for organizations still transitioning from Windows drives and network shares. Yes there are still many out there.
    An important distinction overlooked though is the impact of using these Quick Access links directly in Windows 10. With the change from Win7, of using a link file, to that of a direct link can cause disruption if users rename the Quick Access library they’ve dropped there from SharePoint. Renaming the quick access library dropped there from SharePoint results in changing the originating folder in SharePoint. Any automation tools connected to this library are now vulnerable to breakage.

    An alternative we’ve put into place is to return the link-file approach from Win7. This is done in Win10 by simply creating a “My Favorites” folder and adding it to the Quick Access list. Drop any SharePoint library/folder URL into the My Favorites folder, instead of direcly onto the Quick Access list, and you’ll get a link file – that can be renamed without affecting the original on SharePoint.

    Hope this slightly deeper look helps your followers. Enjoy.

    Gerard

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