This post will show you how to add a SharePoint site as a mapped network drive on your computer. The ability to access your files directly, instead of continuously uploading them, is much simpler and just makes your life easier. There are only a couple of steps to ensure the connection is successful. I also must add that this will NOT work on a Mac and has only been tested with SharePoint Online. This example is also being done from a computer that is running Windows 10.
ADD SITE TO INTERNET OPTIONS
The first step in this process is to add your SharePoint Online’s root site to the trusted sites within Internet Options. To do this open up your control panel and go to ‘Internet Options.’ This will then bring up the Internet options panel.
The next step is to access the security tab within Internet Properties. This will then take you to another menu that allows you to access trusted sites. You’ll want to click on ‘Trusted Sites,’ then ‘Sites.’ Once you are there, you will want to add your SharePoint’s root site to the field and click ‘Add.’
LOG INTO SHAREPOINT ONLINE
This step is how your computer is able to authenticate the mapped network drive. This step is extremely simple. All you have to do is open Internet Explorer (has to be IE), navigate to your root SharePoint Online site and log in. Make sure that you select the prompt to stay logged in.
MAP THE SITE AS A NETWORK DRIVE
Now, we can add our SharePoint site as a network drive.
The first thing we want to do is open up a file explorer window. In your file explorer, scroll to where you can see “This PC” in the left frame. Right click on this icon and select ‘Map Network Drive…’ When the prompt opens up, type (or paste) the full URL of the site into this field. You can add site collections, team sites, and others to this. After you’re done, click ‘Finish.’ You’ll see a brief prompt explaining that it is trying to connect. Once the connection is successful, another file explorer will open up that will show all of the folders and files for that site collection. You are now complete.
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