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map sharepoint drive

Many organisations are using SharePoint or OneDrive and have them mapped as a network drive. Unfortunately, if you haven’t mapped the drive properly you might come to all sorts of issues.

One of the issues you may encounter: when creating an Office document (Word, Excel etc) and then saving in the mapped SharePoint drive is upload failed.

map sharepoint drive

 To get the correct link for mapping SharePoint as a network drive you will need to:

1. Open Internet Explorer and log in with your Office365 credentials (please note this only works  with Internet Explorer and no other browser ” This is a Microsoft limitation that cannot be changed”)

2. From the Home page, navigate to Sites > Team Site > <Shared Documets> – this may vary depending on how your company has decided to name the Shared location of files.

3. Once you are in Shared Documents, from the tool bar ribbon select Library and then select Open with Explorer (this will open the Library as a standard Windows Explorer folder)

4. Once the shared documents Library is opened in Windows Explorer, select and right-click on any of the files/folders within that location and select Properties.

5. Make a note of the Location in the General tab and use it to map SharePoint as a network drive.

When mapping Sharepoint as network drive you will need to:

1. Add the following to Trusted sites in Internet Explorer:

2. Before you map a drive, login to Office 365 via Internet Explorer and tick ‘Remember my credentials‘;

3. Open the full clients address in internet explorer and make sure it opens the files without any logon prompt so

4. Go to Services and make sure WebClient service is set to Automatic;

5. When mapping a drive, make sure ‘Reconnect sign-in‘ and ‘Connect using different credentials‘ boxes are checked (make sure to use Office 365 email and password in the credentials prompt);
(you’ll be prompted twice for the username and password, make sure you fill it in twice and twice select remember credentials)

6. Go to Internet Explorer settings – Tools, Options, Connections, LAN Settings, uncheck ‘Automatically Detect Settings‘  this will significantly improve the connection to SharePoint.


Couldn’t find what you are looking for? Maybe try this: MAPPING SHAREPOINT AS A NETWORK DRIVE (SCRAPPED)

Or, check our SharePoint fixes here

Hope this helps!