Open Document Library in Explorer View in SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online Explorer view provides great flexibility like Windows Explorer functionality to manage Files and folders. Majority of the usage: drag and drop!

Where is Explorer View in SharePoint Online?

In this blog post, we will show you how to open your document library in Explorer view to easily manage your documents and folders. Explorer view in SharePoint Online modern UI is moved under View section!

To enable explorer view in SharePoint Online, do the following:

  • Click on the View menu drop down from top-right area (such as “All Documents”)  >> Select “View in File Explorer” Menu item.
explorer view in sharepoint online

This opens the document library in explorer view for SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Online explorer view not working? Or greyed out?

Explorer view is available only on the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer and the recent versions of Microsoft Edge! You cannot open in explorer view on Google Chrome or Firefox browsers. More here: “View in File Explorer” missing in SharePoint Online?

Now, SharePoint Online modern document libraries also provide drag and drop functionalities. E.g.

  • You can do multiple file upload with drag and drop
  • Create folders and drag and drop files to it with in browser itself. (You can’t drag and drop a folder however!). 
  • You can copy/move files within the SharePoint Online libraries using Modern document library user interface.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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