can be added to SharePoint document libraries in several
ways. In an earlier article we showed
how to drag files
from Windows Explorer to a SharePoint document library.
However, if you often copy files to SharePoint it is convenient
to be able to reach the SharePoint library from within Windows
Explorer. Then you don't even have to open SharePoint for
In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer
of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how copy files
and and folders from Windows Explorer to a SharePoint library
in the modern as well as in the classic user interface.
This is done in two steps.
Add the SharePoint library to Windows Explorer as
a folder or as a mapped drive.
Select the files and/or folders you want to upload
to SharePoint and drag them to the library folder under
Quick Access/Favorites or to the mapped drive.
With this method you can also copy folders to SharePoint.
To be able to import files in this way, three conditions
need to be met.
Use Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Save the password to the SharePoint site.
Make sure the SharePoint site is added to either
Local intranet or Trusted sites in the Internet settings.
Open the SharePoint library in Windows Explorer
To open the SharePoint library in Windows Explorer, copy
the path to the library. (Do not include the Forms/ part
and what comes after it.) Then paste the path in the Windows
Explorer address field.
classic SharePoint you can either copy and paste the path
in the same way as in new interface or use the 'Open with
Explorer' button under the Library tab in the ribbon.
When you add a SharePoint library to Windows Explorer this
way it will be displayed as a folder that has the same name
as the library. Do not change the properties of this folder,
because then the library path will be changed. Instead,
make sure the library has the desired properties before
you open it in Windows Explorer.
Keep the SharePoint library in Windows Explorer
To have the SharePoint library easy accessible in Windows
Explorer you can add the SharePoint library folder to Quick
You may also map a drive to the SharePoint library:
When you map the SharePoint library to Windows Explorer
you can also work with the command prompt to copy files
from the PC to the library.
Note that all metadata is not kept when you transfer files
to SharePoint this way.