The Open with Explorer command opens a local instance of Windows Explorer that displays the folder structure on the server that hosts the SharePoint site. You can then work with the files in the folder. For example, you can perform the following actions:
- Drag documents into libraries
- Create folders
- Move or copy documents from one library to another library within the same site collection or between site collections
- Delete multiple documents at one time
Note If you use versioning for your SharePoint Online libraries, document version history isn't maintained if you use Windows Explorer to move files form one subsite to another subsite.
Use "Open with Explorer" in a SharePoint Online document library or OneDrive for Business
For a document library
In the SharePoint Online document library, click the Library tab on the ribbon, and then click the Open with Explorer icon in the Connect & Export group.
If you don’t have the Library tab, and you're using the new look and navigation experience for document libraries, click the view menu (for example, All Documents) in the upper-right corner, and then click View in File Explorer.
For more information about the new look and navigation experience for document libraries, see the following Microsoft website:
For OneDrive for BusinessClick the Library tab on the ribbon, and then click the Open with Explorer icon in the Connect & Export group.
If you don’t have the Library tab, click the gear icon for the Settings menu, and then click Show Ribbon.
Note If Show Ribbon isn't present in the Settings menu, you must first click Return to classic OneDrive in the lower-left corner to return to classic view, and then select the Show the Ribbon option. To return to the new OneDrive view, click the OneDrive link in the Office 365 app launcher.
For more information about how to copy or move library files by using Open with Explorer, go to the following Microsoft website:
Troubleshoot "Open with Explorer" error messages
When you browse to a SharePoint Online document library, you may receive intermittent connectivity issues, or you may receive one of the following error messages:
Note The Open with Explorer command doesn't work in the Microsoft Edge browser.
Troubleshoot slow "Open with Explorer" performance on a Windows 8-based or Windows Server 2012-based computers
When you browse to a SharePoint Online document library, and then you click “Open with Explorer,” you may experience an issue in which the enumeration of the files and directories is slower than expected. A hotfix was released to resolve this issue. For more info, go to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: