folders is an interface into SharePoint that is usually installed as
part of Microsoft Office but also can be distributed by other
applications. This interface enables you to browse a SharePoint site as
if it were a folder on the network. This capability can be useful for
copying and pasting a large number of files to or from SharePoint and
even deleting the files.
There are different ways
to connect to a site using web folders. The first is to open the
document library, open the Actions menu, and then select the Open with
Windows Explorer option, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Selecting the Open with Windows Explorer option from the Actions menu.
Selecting this option
opens the document library, allowing you to copy and paste files into
the library or one of the folders (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. In this document library, you can copy or paste the files you want to use.
The second way is to
open Internet Explorer (this method does not work with other browsers
such as Firefox or Opera), choose File, and then choose Open (or press
Ctrl+O). In the dialog that opens, shown in Figure 3, select the option Open as Web Folder, and in the Open box, enter the path to the website to which you want to upload a file.
Figure 3. Enter the path for your file in the Open box.
Click OK when you are
done to open the site as if it were a folder, allowing you to navigate
to document libraries and folders, and to copy and paste files into the
Note that uploading
files through web folders does not provide you with an interface for
specifying the files’ metadata, and you still need to edit the
properties of the files through the web interface .