Easily Saving Directly into SharePoint without Mapping a Network Drive

Saving documents directly into a SharePoint library is a great feature that everyone should take advantage of if possible. However, when it comes to training users to do this, it can be a bit fiddly. Most of the time it involves asking users to copy the SharePoint library URL and remove the view portion of it, in order to map a network drive or just save-as into the library on the spot. Now I don’t know about you, but in my experience, copying and pasting URLs, for the average new SharePoint user, appears to be equivalent in difficulty to performing minor brain surgery. Below is a cool way to have users save directly into SharePoint without busting their already brimming brains.

Instruct users to go to their most frequently used library and open it in explorer view. When explorer view opens, it will show the site and library hierarchy in the left pane and the documents and folders in the right content pane. Instruct users to click and drag the site folder or library folder represented in the left pane up to the Favourite Links panel on the top left of the explorer window. If they drop the site/library there then it will stay there as a favourite folder and can easily selected as a location when saving a document in future.


Ask users to close explorer view and open a document on the file system. Have them save-as the file and click the new SharePoint folder in their favourites to save into a library. Note, if they have added the SharePoint site instead of a library to their favourites, then they will just have to navigate to the relevant folder (library) in the right content pane once selected.


One thought on “Easily Saving Directly into SharePoint without Mapping a Network Drive

  1. In addition to this method, placing a shortcut to the Document Library (or any other useful network path) in the “Links” folder under the user profile also adds the location to “Favorites”.

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