How to Access SharePoint Files

Overview of SharePoint Files

SharePoint is an intricate and powerful tool for content management. It allows users to store, collaborate, and access data from anywhere. To make the most out of it, you need a clear overview of your SharePoint files. Let’s explore how to access them with ease and efficiency.

There are two primary file locations: OneDrive and team sites. To use OneDrive for Business, open the app with your Office 365 account details. Head to the ‘Files’ tab to view your documents or sections like ‘Recent’ or ‘Shared with Me’. You can also upload new files here.

To access team sites within SharePoint Online directly from a browser, find out which sites are available to you by clicking on the ‘Sites’ tab in Office 365. Once on a team site, click into any document library.

Understanding how SharePoint has evolved can give you better insight into its capabilities. It was initially released in 2001 as a document management system by Microsoft, under the name “SharePoint Portal Server.” Now, it’s widely used for intranet portals by enterprise businesses.

SharePoint provides vast storage options that enable teams to work together. Hopefully, this article helped you access these useful tools with ease!

How to Access SharePoint Files

To access SharePoint files with ease, follow these simple steps: Sign into your SharePoint account and navigate to the SharePoint site. Next, select the specific library or folder that contains the file you wish to access. From there, choose the desired file and either open it or download it for offline viewing.

Sign into Your SharePoint Account

Let’s get ready to access our SharePoint files! Sign into your account with valid login credentials and permissions. Here’s how:

  1. Head on over to the SharePoint website.
  2. Enter your username and password in the given fields.
  3. Click the ‘Sign In’ button.

Then, you’ll have access to all your SharePoint files!

Keep in mind, some organizations may require two-factor authentication or have a different sign-in process. If you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to the IT department.

My friend had trouble accessing their SharePoint files too; they thought something was wrong but it ended up being an outdated password. Before asking for help, check if your login info is up to date!

Navigate to the SharePoint Site

Navigating to the SharePoint site is key when working on team collaboration and file sharing. Get the URL from your team owner or administrator. Here’s a simple 3-step guide:

  1. Open a web browser and enter the URL.
  2. Input your login credentials.
  3. You are now signed in.

Some organizations have customized their SharePoint sites. Create a bookmark for quick access. Remember, there are different versions of SharePoint. Select the correct platform before trying to access.

Did you know Microsoft introduced SharePoint as an intranet solution? It has evolved into one of the top enterprise content management systems. From small teams to companies with multiple departments- SharePoint can do it all!

Finding files in SharePoint can be a challenge. It’s like looking for a needle in the entire database.

Select the Specific Library or Folder

To find a library or folder in SharePoint, go to the site and click on ‘Documents’. Then select the library or folder you want. Keep in mind: libraries keep folders and files. Click it to see contents. This works with a web browser or app.

Pin libraries you use often to your homepage. Hover over the library and click the 3 dots. Pick ‘Pin to Home’. Now the library will show up quickly on your homepage.

My colleague spent hours looking for a document in the wrong library. Avoid this by using the pinning feature and remembering where your documents are saved. Choosing SharePoint files is like picking an ice cream flavor – so many choices, it can be hard to decide!

Choose the File You Wish to Access

Finding your SharePoint files can be difficult. Look for the “Files” tab on the SharePoint homepage. Select “Open” to be redirected to a page with all the files. Scroll through until you find the one you want. If it’s still hard, use the search bar with relevant keywords.

Someone in a big company had trouble. Then they found out that searching with a tag word made it easier. This saved them lots of time!

By following these steps, accessing SharePoint files will be a breeze. Open sesame won’t work, but just click and download!

Open the File or Download It

When it comes to SharePoint files, you can choose to open them or download them. If you just need a look, then opening is usually enough. But if you need a permanent copy, downloading is the way to go.

To open a file, click its name and let your browser display it. Then you can scroll through and take whatever actions you need.

To download a file, click its name and select “download” from the menu. Your browser will then save a copy to your downloads folder.

Be aware that permissions may stop you from accessing certain files. If you can’t see or download something, it’s because the owner has put restrictions on it.

Fun fact: SharePoint was created by Microsoft in 2001 as part of their Office suite. Who needs a front door when you can enter through the window?

Alternative Methods to Access SharePoint Files

To access SharePoint files seamlessly with various devices, explore alternative methods, such as syncing SharePoint libraries, using the SharePoint Desktop app, or utilizing the SharePoint Mobile app. These methods offer different means to access and manage files from your SharePoint account, providing flexibility and ease of use.

Sync SharePoint Libraries

Do you want to access your SharePoint files without the need for the internet? Syncing SharePoint libraries is the way to go! Here’s how:

  1. Choose the library you want to sync and click “sync” on the toolbar.
  2. The sync wizard will take you through setting up the local folder and syncing options.
  3. Your files will now sync automatically between SharePoint and your device! Enjoy easy offline access!

Syncing ensures that any changes made in one place are mirrored in the other. You can even enable selective sync if you only need certain files or folders offline.

I was once working on a project when my Wi-Fi suddenly went off. Syncing saved the day! I was able to continue work without interruption, then later sync my changes once reconnected. Try it for yourself and see how easy accessing your files can be!

Bye-bye to the hassle of having to use the browser, and hello to the convenience of the SharePoint Desktop App.

Use SharePoint Desktop App

Are you trying to access SharePoint files? The SharePoint Desktop App is the answer! Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install the app on your device.
  2. Launch it and sign in to your SharePoint account.
  3. Navigate to the desired files and start working.

The desktop app is better than other sharing methods like web browsers and mobile apps. You can work offline and have changes sync automatically when you’re back online.

We recommended the SharePoint Desktop App to a client who was travelling and had limited internet access. They could work offline and sync changes later. They loved the idea!

SharePoint mobile app makes accessing files on the go easy-peasy. Almost as easy as not leaving your desk at all!

Use SharePoint Mobile App

The SharePoint Mobile App is a great way to access your files anytime, anywhere. Its slick interface and simple-to-use features let you quickly find, edit, and share documents from anywhere. Just download the app and log in to your SharePoint account.

Navigate through your files with the app’s intuitive folder structure. Search for files using keywords or filters. It’s never been easier to find what you need. Plus, use collaboration tools like comments and notifications for working with others on shared documents.

One cool thing about the SharePoint Mobile App is that you can view files offline. Download them before going offline and you can still view and edit without an internet connection – perfect for traveling or places with low connectivity.

Also, consider using Microsoft OneDrive for sharing SharePoint files. OneDrive integrates with SharePoint and makes sharing easy, while providing security through access controls.


SharePoint is an amazing platform for collaboration and file management. You can access files stored on SharePoint with a web browser, mobile app or Microsoft Office Suite. You can even use SharePoint from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Log into your account and navigate to the file’s site. Select the file and open it with your preferred application. Share files with collaborators by granting them permission.

SharePoint has a unique feature: syncing files to your local device using OneDrive. Work offline and the changes will sync back to SharePoint when you go online. Search features within SharePoint can help you quickly find the file you need.

Pro Tip: Use multi-factor authentication and limit who can view or edit each file for secure access to your SharePoint files.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is SharePoint?

A: SharePoint is a web-based collaboration and document management platform that allows users to create, store, share, and access various types of content.

Q: How do I access SharePoint files?

A: You can access SharePoint files by logging into your SharePoint site and navigating to the document library where the files are stored. Alternatively, you can use the SharePoint mobile app or sync the files to your desktop using OneDrive for Business.

Q: Can anyone access SharePoint files?

A: Access to SharePoint files is typically controlled by permissions set by the site administrator. Users will only be able to access files that they have been granted permission to access.

Q: What types of files can be stored in SharePoint?

A: SharePoint supports a wide range of file types, including documents, images, audio and video files, and more. It also supports various file formats, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.

Q: Is SharePoint accessible offline?

A: Yes, you can access SharePoint files offline by syncing them to your desktop using OneDrive for Business. Any changes made to the files while offline will automatically sync when you go back online.

Q: How secure are SharePoint files?

A: SharePoint files are secured through various authentication and authorization mechanisms, such as user accounts, roles, and permissions. Additionally, SharePoint data is encrypted both in transit and at rest to ensure maximum security.

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