Open in Windows Explorer does not work, try direct link (WebDAV)

Receiving an error when you want to open the Windows Explorer view for a document library. For instance:

“Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer”

This looks like:

Error Opening Windows Explorer view

A workaround is opening the document library in Windows Explorer. You would need a different link than the one in the browser otherwise Windows will use your browser for opening the link.

\\webapplicationurl@SSL\DavWWWRoot\sites\sitecollection 

For example we want to open the document library “Shared Documents” in the site collection https://teamsite.sharepoint.com/sites/teamsite1. The direct link would be \\teamsite.sharepoint.com@SSL\DavWWWRoot\sites\teamsite1\Shared Documents.

This is also useful when you want to look at attachments from a list. You can change the link and navigate the complete site collection folder structure.

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2 Comments

  1. Ramya

     /  January 10, 2014

    I tried the same approach. But I am getting error as shown below
    “Windows cannot access
    \\@SSL\DavWWRoot\Project\\

    Please help me with this issue .

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    • Bram de Jager

       /  January 31, 2014

      It seems you are missing your webapplicationurl at the start, like \\teams.contoso.com@SSL\DavWWRoot\…

      Reply

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