Fix “View in File Explorer” missing in SharePoint Online Issue

Problem: “View in File Explorer” option is missing in SharePoint Online.

How to enable view in file explorer in SharePoint Online?

The Explorer View or View in File Explore feature in SharePoint Online provides an easy File Explorer-like interface to manage files in your SharePoint document libraries. If you’re missing the “View in File Explorer” option when you open a library on a SharePoint Online site, don’t worry! There’s an easy fix. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to fix the View in File Explorer option, so you can use it to quickly access/copy/paste your files and folders in SharePoint Online.

view in file explorer missing in sharepoint online

Solution

While the recommended way to efficiently manage files in SharePoint Online is using the OneDrive client, You may need the “View in File Explorer” in SharePoint Online modern document libraries in some cases. Several factors can cause this issue, but we’ll walk you through some troubleshooting steps to help get that link back.

Browsers Supported:

View in File Explorer feature still uses ActiveX technology. So, it works with Internet Explorer (32-bit version) and Microsoft Edge (build 93+) but is not supported in browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

Check View in File Explorer is enabled on your Tenant:

There are chances you may have this feature disabled at the tenant level. Use this PowerShell script to check if it’s enabled. If not, you can enable it. Here is the Microsoft article to enable it on Edge: View SharePoint files with File Explorer in Microsoft Edge

#Admin Center URL
$AdminCenterURL = "https://crescent-admin.sharepoint.com"

#Connect to SharePoint Online
Connect-SPOService -Url $AdminCenterURL

#Check the current status of View in Explorer Feature
Get-SPOTenant | Select ViewInFileExplorerEnabled

If it’s not enabled, You can enable it with:

#Enable Explorer View in SharePoint Online
Set-SPOTenant -ViewInFileExplorerEnabled $true

Also, Enable persistent cookies for View with Explorer.

#Enable Persistent Cookies For Explorer View
Set-SPOTenant -UsePersistentCookiesForExplorerView $true

If you want to disable view in file explorer in SharePoint Online, use:

#Disable View in File Explorer
Set-SPOTenant -ViewInFileExplorerEnabled $False

As an alternate solution, You can map Sharepoint Online libraries to a network drive: How to Map a SharePoint Online Document Library to 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!

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