Tip 6: Browsing to a Document Library



This tip is for Windows SharePoint
Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply
to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

Did you know you can browse to documents in a SharePoint document library
without going to the web site?

To open a document in Windows Explorer you can use 2 formats; HTTP
URL and UNC.

To browse to a document library using HTTP; open My Computer or My
Network Places and type the location of the document library in the following
format: http://AddressOfSite/DocumentLibrary.

To browse to a document library using UNC; open “My Computer”, “My
Network Places”, “Network” or any Explorer window and type the location of the
document library in the following format: \\AddressOfSite\DocumentLibrary. If
using UNC path, make sure that the WebClient
Windows service is set to Manual or Automatic and start the service. On Windows
XP and greater this can be done with the following commands:

sc config
WebClient start= demand
. *Note that there is a space after “start=”.

sc start
WebClient

If using the UNC path you can also map a drive to the location
using the NET USE command like so:

net use z:
\\AddressOfSite\DocumentLibrary

There
you go, now you can get to your documents lickety-split.

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