How to view SharePoint File using "Open with Explorer"

Andy 1,341 Reputation points

I cannot find "Open with Expolrer" missing on SharePoint. Is there any change for this feature on SharePoint Online? How to enable it.

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  1. Paul de Jong 616 Reputation points

    "Open with Explorer" is no longer possible: Microsoft has blocked access to Office 365 apps like SharePoint Online for IE11.


    1. Use OneDrive for Business client
    2. Use Edge (see here)
      This does require a config change of SPO and config of the Edge clients.
    3. Use 3rd party apps (e.g. here and here).
      Some of these apps offer 95%+ of the original Windows Explorer functionality.
    4. Use client-side tools that extend the functionality of Windows Explorer. Not an option if you also need to cater for macOS users.
    5. Last and not least: adopt the new way of working from Microsoft by using the browser interface.

    The most suitable alternative depends on your requirements and target audience.

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  1. Emily Du-MSFT 29,366 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Which browser are you using?

    "Open with Explorer" feature is only available in IE 10 and below versions. And according to this Microsoft article,

    Beginning August 17, 2021, Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and users may have a degraded experience, or be unable to connect to, those apps and services.

    As a workaround, OneDrive sync is alternative for a better user experience and easier access to files.

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