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How to Enter FTP Site Password in Internet Explorer
Article ID: 135975 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q135975
When you use Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.x or earlier to try to log on to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site using a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or Internet address in the form
ftp://user:password@ftpserver/url-pathyou may receive one of the following error messages:
An error occurred opening the folder on the FTP Server. Make sure you have permission to access this folder.
Microsoft Internet Explorer does not support secure password prompting for FTP connections.
NOTE: When you use Internet Explorer 5.x and 6 to try to log on to a secure FTP site, the option in the file menu to "Login As" will not show up if the "Enable folder view for FTP sites" in the Advanced tab of the Internet options is not checked.
To work around this issue use the appropriate method:
Internet Explorer 4.x or EarlierTo log on to an FTP site that requires a password in Internet Explorer 4.x or earlier, type the URL in this form
ftp://user:password@ftpserver/url-pathwhere user is your user name, ftpserver is the ftp server address, password is the password, and url-path is the directory to log in to.
If you are a member of a domain, then "ftp://domain-name\username:password@url-path" may fail because the backslash (\) is sent in as a literal character and Internet Explorer incorrectly looks for a file instead of parsing a Web address. Changing the backslash (\) in the domain-name\username to domainname%5Cusername works correctly.
NOTE: When you use the steps in this article to log on to a secure FTP site, your user name and password may be displayed in plain text in the Internet Explorer title bar or status bar, while you are connected to the FTP site.
Internet Explorer 5.x and 6To log on to a secure FTP site in Internet Explorer 5.x and 6:
Note that this is not a secure method of logging on, as the password is viewable in plain text. If you require additional security, use the FTP client (Ftp.exe) that is included in your version of Windows 95 or Windows 98.
Article ID: 135975 - Last Review: September 23, 2011 - Revision: 5.0