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

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  • 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


  • 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:


    and not to:

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


    Mike Smith
    Books: SharePoint 2007 2010 Customization for the Site Owner, SharePoint 2010 Security for the Site Owner

    Saturday, August 20, 2016 8:52 PM

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