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Hide the unwanted folders and files in SharePoint 2013 Document Library "Open with Explorer" RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    How to Hide the unwanted folders and files in SharePoint Document Library "Open with Explorer"

    I am getting some folders like "Images, lists, m, Shared Documents etc and files like default.aspx, newsfeed.aspx. I want to hide these files. Clients no need to see those files in "Open with Explorer".

    Thanks & Regards

    Poomani Sankaran

    Friday, August 19, 2016 9:34 AM

Answers

  • Keep in mind that Windows Explorer is a primitive tool and typically only used by site owners, power users and admins. It has so many issues that we frequently hide the ribbon button, or even prohibit its use.

    If the user is opening Windows Explorer from the ribbon button, then they should not see any of those files. The files you listed are from the root URL of the site. The user could open Windows Explorer at the library level, and then navigate up to get to the root of the site.

    If the user used Window Explorer's "Map network drive" feature, then ask them to map to the library, not to the site.

    Map to:

    http://yourServer/sites/yourSite

    and not to:

    http://yourServer/sites/yourSite/Shared Documents

     


    Mike Smith TechTrainingNotes.blogspot.com
    Books: SharePoint 2007 2010 Customization for the Site Owner, SharePoint 2010 Security for the Site Owner


    Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:52 PM

All replies

  • Hi Suresh,

    Can you uncheck the option to show hidden items in Window explorer?

    And try the open with explorer


    Mark it as an answer if it helped you out. Regards Rahul Dagar

    Friday, August 19, 2016 10:07 AM
  • Hi Rahul,

    Thanks you.

    I can not ask my clients to do this activity explicitly. Is there any other way to hide by default?

    Thanks & Regards

    Poomani Sankaran

    Friday, August 19, 2016 10:16 AM
  • Are those file/folders visible in the library?

    Mark it as an answer if it helped you out. Regards Rahul Dagar

    Friday, August 19, 2016 11:08 AM
  • Yes, those folders and files will not show in the site level. We can see them in explorer view or in sharepoint designer.

    Friday, August 19, 2016 11:31 AM
  • Hi Suresh,

    what i wanted to know if  file n folders like "Images, lists, m, Shared Documents etc and files like default.aspx, newsfeed.aspx are upload to the same document library where you are doing open with explorer?

    If yes then you will see those file in open with explorer.


    Mark it as an answer if it helped you out. Regards Rahul Dagar

    Saturday, August 20, 2016 9:02 AM
  • Keep in mind that Windows Explorer is a primitive tool and typically only used by site owners, power users and admins. It has so many issues that we frequently hide the ribbon button, or even prohibit its use.

    If the user is opening Windows Explorer from the ribbon button, then they should not see any of those files. The files you listed are from the root URL of the site. The user could open Windows Explorer at the library level, and then navigate up to get to the root of the site.

    If the user used Window Explorer's "Map network drive" feature, then ask them to map to the library, not to the site.

    Map to:

    http://yourServer/sites/yourSite

    and not to:

    http://yourServer/sites/yourSite/Shared Documents

     


    Mike Smith TechTrainingNotes.blogspot.com
    Books: SharePoint 2007 2010 Customization for the Site Owner, SharePoint 2010 Security for the Site Owner


    Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:52 PM
  • Hi,

    You can hide this command like below:

    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/yardman/2011/12/14/hiding-the-explorer-view-option-in-sharepoint-2010/

    Or disable it based on user permission:

    https://fyano.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/disable-or-hide-sharepoint-menu-options/

    Also, consider about Mike mentioned before you implement it.

    Best Regards,

    Lee


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    Monday, August 22, 2016 10:20 AM