How to Add SharePoint Online Document Library to “Quick Access” in File Explorer?

Requirement: Create a Quick Access Link to SharePoint in Windows Explorer

How to Add SharePoint Document Library to File Explorer?

Accessing SharePoint document libraries from Windows explorer helps us save a lot of time, especially when you want to save or open files quickly! We can add frequently accessed document libraries to “Quick Access” (known as “Favorites” in earlier versions of Windows, such as “Windows 7”).

Follow these steps to add a SharePoint document library to Quick Access in File Explorer:

  • Open your SharePoint Online document library in Internet Explorer
  • From the “Views” drop-down, click on the “View in File Explorer” option (In classic view: Click on Library tab >> Click on “Open with Explorer” button). This opens the document library in Explorer view. 
    sharepoint online view in file explorer
  • Right-click the “Quick Access” on the file explorer and choose “Pin current folder to Quick Access”. 
    how to pin to quick access from sharepoint
  • That’s all! This adds SharePoint to file explorer, and You’ll find a handy shortcut to your SharePoint Online document library in File Explorer.

Please note, your client configuration should allow Windows explorer to keep the connection active! E.g., Your SharePoint site must be added to the trusted sites zone of your domain-joined PC with Automatically log in with the current user name and password settings.

To access SharePoint from file explorer as a mapped drive, refer to How to Map a SharePoint Document Library as a Network Drive?

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!

5 thoughts on “How to Add SharePoint Online Document Library to “Quick Access” in File Explorer?

  • Can you explain why the Quick Access list displayed in Word is different to the Quick Access list displayed in File Explorer, with the one in Word using the FE one as the base, but allowing additional items to be added, that are not in turn visible in FE?
    This means that there are at least two copies of the Quick Access list stored somewhere in Windows.

  • Thank you for sharing the article. Often people at my organization complain that they get an error message every few days saying “Access denied. Before opening files in this location, you must first add the web site to your trusted sites list, browse to the web site, and select the option to login automatically.” I have asked the admin team to add the list url to the list of trusted sites. Will that solve the issue the users are facing?

    • That’s because of the expired session cookies! You got to open the site in Internet explorer once in a while to renew the authentication cookies.

    • Is there some kind of PowerShell/Automated task as workaround for this?

  • This article was perfect and made find my docs easier. Thank you 🙂


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