Using SharePoint in Windows 10

Windows 10 can be a great platform for running a SharePoint client. However, you might run into issues with SharePoint and Window's resident browsers, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11.

Internet Explorer 11 vs Microsoft Edge

Depending on what you're doing in SharePoint, you may want to switch between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft Edge browser

The default Internet browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. When you open a SharePoint page, it opens in Microsoft Edge and works well viewing sites, most apps, and other components. It's especially good at uploading files, as you can copy multiple files and folders to a document library using drag and drop or the upload button. Microsoft Edge however, doesn't support opening a document library in File Explorer. In SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2013, as well as Classic SharePoint mode in SharePoint Online, the ribbon button will be grayed out in Microsoft Edge. In SharePoint Online, the option will be missing from the Views menu.

Note: The Microsoft Edge browser is designed to be periodically updated. With the Anniversary update for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, drag and drop of files and folders was added. Make sure you have the latest version as features can change or be added.

Open with Explorer option selected but not enabled.

SharePoint 2016 in Microsoft Edge

SharePoint 2016 Open with Explorer in IE11

SharePoint 2016 in Internet Explorer 11

Views menu in Microsoft Edge

SharePoint Online in Microsoft Edge

SharePoint Online Views in Internet Explorer 11

SharePoint Online in Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 also comes with Windows 10, but you have to launch it manually. Internet Explorer works well for most tasks in SharePoint, including opening a document library in File Explorer. Internet Explorer 11 allows you to upload files with drag and drop or the upload button, though you can't upload folders. You can work around this by using either opening the document in file explorer, or syncing the document library to your computer. Either way, you use File Explorer on your computer to copy or move files and folders.

Notes: If you're using File Explorer with Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge in Classic SharePoint mode, you need to also make sure you have the following fully qualified domain names (FQDN) in your trusted sites folder:

<tenant>.sharepoint.com
<tenant>-my.sharepoint.com
<tenant>-files.sharepoint.com
<tenant>-myfiles.sharepoint.com

Where <tenant> is your company's SharePoint name. For example, if you get to SharePoint via contoso.sharepoint.com, then replace <tenant> with Contoso. Your URLs will look like contoso.sharepoint.com, or contoso-my.sharepoint.com, and so forth.

Open Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

You can open Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge easily from the start menu in Windows 10. Here's how:

Start Internet Explorer
  1. Click Start Windows 10 start button .

  2. Type Internet Explorer, and then select Internet Explorer.

  3. Once the browser opens, you can open SharePoint.

If Microsoft Edge is your default browser, your session will stay in Internet Explorer 11 until you open a page from a link. New links open in the default browser, Microsoft Edge.

Start Microsoft Edge
  1. Click Start Windows 10 start button .

  2. Type Edge, and then select Microsoft Edge.

  3. Once the browser opens, you can open SharePoint.

Switching your default browser in Windows 10

If you find you'd rather work with Internet Explorer 11, or want to switch default browsers periodically, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows 10, click Start Windows 10 start button , type Default Programs, and then click Default Programs.

    Default programs in Windows
  2. Under Web browser click Microsoft Edge, and then select Internet Explorer in the Choose an app dialog box. If you are switching from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, click Internet Explorer under Web Browser, and then choose Microsoft Edge.

    Selection of Edge or IE browser in Default programs
  3. Close the Choose default apps dialog box.

Add both browsers to the Windows 10 taskbar

Both Windows 10 browsers offer advantages, and having both at your fingertips can be handy. Follow these steps to put both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on the Taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

Windows 10 taskbar with Edge and IE icons

Pin your browsers to the task bar
  1. Click Start Windows 10 start button .

  2. Type Internet Explorer, right click Internet Explorer, and then select Pin to Taskbar.

  3. Type Edge, right click Microsoft Edge, and then select Pin to Taskbar.

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