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SharePoint Windows Explorer Mode Not Working


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Problem

The "Open with Windows Explorer" option on a document library does not open Windows Explorer.

Solution

One of the really cool features on a SharePoint document library is the ability to open the library with Windows Explorer. This allows users to easily drag and drop files from a network share or local drive straight into SharePoint.

SharePoint - Windows Explorer mode

This shows the "Open with Windows Explorer" menu option on a Document Library.

SharePoint - Windows Explorer Mode

Here is the Windows Explorer window accessing a SharePoint Document Library.

However, if you are using Internet Explorer 8 (64 bit), clicking the link from the Actions menu simply appears to do nothing.  The solution unfortunately is to use a 32 bit machine until Microsoft adds support and an upgrade for Internet Explorer (64 bit) to a Level 1 supported browser.

UPDATE: Microsoft has addressed this issue with the latest Internet Explorer Cumulative Security Update. LB97445 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974455 Also note this article from www.ie8blog.com which refers to the same issue.

In SharePoint 2010 you do get a warning message stating your browser does not support this command which is a small step forward.

SharePoint - Explorer message

A list of supported functionality across the top browsers for SharePoint 2010 can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288142.aspx

For those of you new to SharePoint 2010 the "Open with Windows Explorer" option has moved to a small icon in the ribbon.

SharePoint - Open in Windows Explorer icon

Version Information

This issue has been recreated against the following environment:

Environment 1

  • Server: Windows Server 2008 R2 - x64
  • Client: Windows 7 - x64, Internet Explorer 8
  • SharePoint: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Mcirosoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2
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