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Categories:Document Library; Site Manager/Power User; MOSS; WSS; 2010

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Editor's note: Contributor Alexandru Dionisie is an Internet Professional and Technical Writer. Follow him @AlexDionisie

Before we start, you should know that I wasn't able to get this working in Windows XP. It only worked in Windows 7.

In a SharePoint Team Site click in a documents web part. In the Library Tools command group click on Library tab and then click on the Open with Explorer command.

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After opening the document library in Windows Explorer, either execute a right click on the general path (a), or on the full path (b).

From the contextual menu (c) click on Copy address option (d).

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After copying the address go to My Computer and then click on the Map network drive command.

In the new opened windows specify a drive letter and then paste the copied address.

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Now, the documents library from SharePoint 2010 is visible in My Computer as a mapped drive.

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Comments

Ron

Mapping Drives

Good advice.  It allows for users to quickly navigate to frequently used folders.  It also allows for programs that are not SharePoint friendly to save to the folder.
 
We created a script on each page to map the drives for them.  They just need to click and it will put it in the My computer.
 
@echo off
echo Welcome to the Work Domain
echo.
echo Mapping Network Drives.   Please Wait...
echo.
::Flush DNS Cache
IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS
:: SET TIME SERVER-
NET TIME \\%Domaincontrollor% /SET /YES
:: MAP DRIVES-
net use M: /d
:END
exit
By using the UNC name of the folder instead of the url, we were able to map the drive in XP.
(I'm not a script expert so there may be a little cleaner way to do it)

Posted 27-Mar-2013 by Ron

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