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 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 without opening a web browser! We can add frequently accessed document libraries to “Quick Access” (known as “Favorites” in earlier versions of Windows, such as “Windows 7”). How do I create a shortcut for SharePoint in File Explorer?

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

  • Browse to the specific SharePoint site and Open your SharePoint Online document library or existing folder in Internet Explorer/Edge/Google Chrome (Doesn’t work in Firefox!).
  • 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” to add a shortcut. 
    how to pin to quick access from sharepoint
  • That’s all! This adds SharePoint to file explorer in Windows 10, and You’ll find a handy shortcut to your SharePoint Online document library in File Explorer. You can add a specific SharePoint folder, site libraries, or the whole SharePoint site too!

You can access the SharePoint Library from local File Explorer and manage SharePoint data or site content just like any other folder on your local PC and perform activities like create new folder, copy files, etc.

Please note that 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 to Automatically log in with the current user name and password settings.

Microsoft recommends using the Sync option through the OneDrive client, instead of File Explorer view or mapped drives for performance and data consistency reasons. Navigate to the SharePoint document library you’d like to sync locally. Click on the Sync button. Follow the wizard to finish setting up the sync, and you’ll find the folder locally from the file explorer left-hand tree view. Click Stop sync, from OneDrive client settings, when you no longer need it.

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

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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

  • I don’t have the option to ‘View in File Explorer’. Wondering if this is now deprecated?

  • 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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