How to Pin SharePoint to File Explorer

Let’s discover how to easily integrate SharePoint with File Explorer! This allows for direct access to your SharePoint documents, as if they were saved locally on your computer. Here are the simple steps to do this:

  1. The advantage of this integration is clear: you can access your documents any time, without internet! Plus, you can collaborate and meet deadlines more efficiently.
  2. Take Sarah for example. She’s an operations manager at a marketing agency. She was swamped with browser tabs and apps trying to get to her client files on SharePoint.
  3. But then she discovered how to pin SharePoint to File Explorer. Immediately, her productivity boosted. She could navigate her project folders with just a few clicks!

Why Pin SharePoint to File Explorer

Pinning SharePoint to File Explorer is now a must for efficient file management in the digital world. Direct access to SharePoint files from the desktop means no more switching between platforms and browsers!

Navigation through sites and libraries is easy and time-saving. Plus, the latest versions of documents can be accessed directly from File Explorer. This means real-time collaboration, without outdated files causing confusion.

Integration with other Microsoft tools like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint makes working on shared files a breeze. And when internet is out, you still have offline access to SharePoint files. Any changes made offline will auto-sync once online, keeping your data safe and secure.

Step 1: Open File Explorer

To open File Explorer, do one of the following:

  1. Click the File Explorer icon in your taskbar.
  2. Press Windows key and E at the same time.
  3. Right-click on Start and select File Explorer.
  4. Press Windows key + X and pick File Explorer.
  5. Type “File Explorer” in the search bar next to Start button and click it when it appears.

This will open File Explorer on your computer, letting you navigate through files and folders easily.

Pro Tip: Create a shortcut for File Explorer by right-clicking its icon and choosing “Pin to Taskbar.” This way, you can quickly access File Explorer from your taskbar for easy file management.

Step 2: Access the “Map Network Drive” Option

It’s essential to access the “Map Network Drive” option to pin SharePoint to File Explorer. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the folder icon on your taskbar to open File Explorer.
  2. On the File Explorer window, click on the “Computer” tab at the top.
  3. From the menu, select “Map network drive.” This will open a new window.
  4. In the new window, you will find a “Drive” field. Use the drop-down menu to pick a letter for the network drive. This letter will help you access SharePoint from File Explorer.

Now, you can go ahead and pin SharePoint to File Explorer. Don’t miss out on this step for quick and smooth navigation through SharePoint! Make sure to never miss an important file or document again by taking these steps now.

Step 3: Enter the SharePoint URL

Pin SharePoint to File Explorer easily! Here’s how:

  1. Launch File Explorer.
  2. Select “This PC” on the left.
  3. Click “Map Network Drive” in the top menu.
  4. A new window will appear. Enter the SharePoint URL there.
  5. Type or paste it, then hit “Finish”.

Make sure the SharePoint URL is correct! And watch out for a stable internet connection to make this process hassle-free.

Step 4: Provide Your Credentials

Take these steps to securely pin SharePoint to File Explorer:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click “Map network drive” in the toolbar.
  3. Choose a letter to assign to your SharePoint site in the “Drive” drop-down menu.
  4. Put the URL of your SharePoint site in the “Folder” field.
  5. Tick the “Connect using different credentials” box.
  6. Hit “Finish,” then enter your credentials when prompted.

Providing your credentials here ensures secure access. Plus, Microsoft offers support for integrating SharePoint with other applications.

Step 5: Choose a Drive Letter

To pin SharePoint to File Explorer, you need to pick a drive letter. This letter will be used to get to your SharePoint files from File Explorer. Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Open File Explorer and click “This PC” on the left.
  2. At the top of the toolbar, click “Map network drive.”
  3. In the “Drive” dropdown menu, choose an unassigned letter and click “Finish.”

Choosing a drive letter is vital to prevent conflicts with existing network drives. It’s best to choose an unassigned letter for easy access to your SharePoint files.

Pinning SharePoint to File Explorer is now an essential tool for managing files. In the past, users had no choice but to access SharePoint using web browsers or special applications. Technology has advanced and now we can easily integrate SharePoint into our daily tasks by simply picking a drive letter. This has boosted productivity and collaboration within organizations worldwide.

Step 6: Select the “Connect using different credentials” option (if necessary)

Connecting SharePoint to File Explorer doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Click the folder icon on your taskbar or press Windows Key + E.
  2. Find “This PC” or “Computer” on the left-hand side of the File Explorer window. Right-click and select “Map network drive”.
  3. In the new window, you may need to check the box next to “Connect using different credentials”. This lets you enter alternate login details for SharePoint.

Be aware that this option may not be necessary. If you just have one account or use the same credentials for all users, you don’t need to enable it.

By connecting SharePoint to File Explorer, you’ll make file management easier and collaboration more efficient. So don’t delay – take control of your connectivity now!

Step 7: Click “Finish”

  1. Open your computer’s File Explorer.
  2. Go to “View” at the top.
  3. Click “Navigation pane” in “Show/Hide” to enable it.
  4. Now, you can manage your SharePoint files directly from File Explorer.
  5. To use File Explorer better, try these tips:
    • Right-click in the navigation pane and select “Options”.
    • Then, choose which folders or SharePoint libraries you want to display.
    • Moving files? Just drag and drop them from one place to another.
    • And if you need offline access, sync your SharePoint files using OneDrive.

That’s it! Now, you can work with SharePoint in File Explorer easily.


Follow the steps above and you can now navigate and access SharePoint files directly from File Explorer. This makes the user experience easier, providing a single, familiar place to manage and arrange files.

For further efficiency, use SharePoint metadata features. Add tags or categories to documents so you can quickly look for and sort files based on criteria. This saves time and boosts productivity by giving you fast access to the right info.

Pro Tip: Set up synchronized offline use of SharePoint libraries through OneDrive for Business. This lets you work on documents even when you’re offline, making sure your productivity and collaboration stay uninterrupted.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I pin SharePoint to File Explorer?

To pin SharePoint to File Explorer, follow these steps:
– Open your SharePoint site in your web browser.
– Click on the “Documents” or “Library” tab.
– Under the “Library” Tools section, click on “Open with Explorer.”
– In the File Explorer window that opens, click on the “Library” tab.
– Click on the “Pin to Quick Access” button in the “Library Tools” section.

2. Can I pin multiple SharePoint libraries to File Explorer?

Yes, you can pin multiple SharePoint libraries to File Explorer. Follow the same steps mentioned above for each library you want to pin.

3. How do I unpin SharePoint from File Explorer?

To unpin SharePoint from File Explorer, follow these steps:
– Open File Explorer.
– In the left sidebar, right-click on the SharePoint library you want to unpin.
– Click on “Unpin from Quick Access.”

4. Can I access SharePoint files offline after pinning to File Explorer?

No, pinning SharePoint to File Explorer only provides easy access to your SharePoint libraries within the File Explorer interface. To work offline, you need to use synchronization tools like OneDrive or SharePoint Sync.

5. Is pinning SharePoint to File Explorer available on all operating systems?

No, pinning SharePoint to File Explorer is only available on Windows operating systems. It is not supported on macOS or other operating systems.

6. Why can’t I see the “Open with Explorer” option in SharePoint?

The “Open with Explorer” option may not be available if you are using a non-Internet Explorer web browser or if the feature is disabled by your SharePoint administrator. Try using Internet Explorer or contact your administrator for more information.

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