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.


For example we want to open the document library “Shared Documents” in the site collection The direct link would be \\\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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  1. Ramya

     /  January 10, 2014

    I tried the same approach. But I am getting error as shown below
    “Windows cannot access

    Please help me with this issue .

    • Bram de Jager

       /  January 31, 2014

      It seems you are missing your webapplicationurl at the start, like \\\DavWWRoot\…


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