Ways to work with site library files in File Explorer

Some file management activities in OneDrive and SharePoint Online site libraries can be done more efficiently using File Explorer instead of a web browser. The table below describes all options for working with site library files in File Explorer. We recommend the first option, syncing with OneDrive for Business, because it provides local access to your files and offers the best performance.

Note: You can also view your OneDrive for Business files on the OneDrive app for iOS, Android, or Windows.

Option for accessing library files in File Explorer

Supported browsers

Benefits

Limitations

Use OneDrive to sync files to your computer.

OneDrive for Business Sync button highlighted

Isn't limited to a web browser

  • Provides local access to library files

  • After the initial sync, you don't need a network connection to view or edit files

  • Best performance

Open with Explorer.

View in File Explorer in OneDrive for Business.

The Open with Explorer menu item highlighted in OneDrive for Business

View in File Explorer in SharePoint Online.

Open with Explorer highlighted on the views menu in SharePoint Online

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11

  • There's nothing to set up or download. You also can copy or move folders. From the library, click View options OneDrive for Business View button , and then click View in File Explorer

  • Not supported in Windows 10 Edge for OneDrive for Business, (see link at bottom of page), some other browsers, or on Mac or Linux computers

  • Available only when you're online

  • Performance depends on connectivity speed

Map the library to a network drive.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11

  • Available in File Explorer when you’re online

  • Not supported in Windows 10 Edge for OneDrive for Business, some other browsers, or on Mac or Linux computers

  • Available only when you're online

  • Performance depends on connectivity speed

  • Mapping is temporary

Note: If you use Windows 10, see Why SharePoint ribbon buttons are unavailable for steps on how to run Internet Explorer 11 and make it open by default.

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