How to Add SharePoint Document Library as Network Folder

Aug 30
How to Add SharePoint Document Library as Network Folder
If you are like most SharePoint users who are working in Microsoft Office, or with other non-Microsoft applications, you want to be able to work on your file and then use the Save As command in your application to save directly to a SharePoint Document Library.  However, when you are in Word, or InDesign, or Photoshop, and you click the Save As button, there is no option for your SharePoint library - or the ability to browse your SharePoint sites.  So, what to do?

The easiest solution is to add the SharePoint Document Library as a new Network Location to your File Explorer.  Here are the steps to add your library.

1. Click the File Explorer button on your task bar.
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2. In the left navigation of your File Explorer, click the icon for This PC.
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3. Next, click the Computer tab on your ribbon.  Then, click the icon for Add a network location.
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4. In the Add Network Location wizard, click Next
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5. Click Next again.
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6. In the Specify the location of your website prompt, you will paste in the URL to your Document Library.  When you copy the URL for your Libary, there are some items at the end of the URL you need to be sure to remove.

For example, my URL when copied looks like this:
https://tcw.sharepoint.com/classroom/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx

However, for the wizard to add your library properly, you need to remove the text /Forms/AllItems.aspx from your URL.

Another issue you could run into is a URL in the following format:
https://samplesharepointsite.net/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx

In this example, you not only need to remove the /Forms/AllItems.aspx from the end, you will also need to remove the _layouts/15/start.aspx# from the middle of the URL.

Here is what it should look like:
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Once you have your URL formatted correctly, click the Next button.

7. In the What do you want to name this location? dialog box, enter a name to define your library.  This can be anything you would like.  Click Next.
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8. Click the Finish button.
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9. You should now be viewing your SharePoint Document Library in your Explorer window!  You will also see your library listed under the This PC group in your left navigation.
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This will make life so much easier now when you are trying to access this library using Save, Save As, or even copying and moving documents within this library.

Happy SharePoint-ing!