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Practice uploading files and folders from our local drives into SharePoint using menu options, drag and drop, and library synchronization.
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We may at some point want to upload files that we have stored on our PC into the SharePoint document library. There are several methods to do this: using the menu, dragging and dropping, and via a synched library in File Explorer.
When to use
We upload files and folders into a SharePoint document library whenever have content stored locally on our PC that needs to be made accessible to other team members.
There are three different methods to upload files from our PC into SharePoint.
Using the Menu
In this example, we are going to upload some files stored in a folder on our PC.
- From the document library, click Upload on the horizontal menu.
- Select Files.
- Browse to the folder in File Explorer where the files are stored.
- Select the file or files and click Open.
Drag and Drop
We can drag and drop files from File Explorer straight into the document library in SharePoint.
- Open File Explorer.
- Browse to the folder that contains the files to upload.
- Drag and drop the files from File Explorer to the document library.
Synchronizing the document library in File Explorer
The final method is to synchronize the SharePoint document library with File Explorer. This means that the SharePoint document library will be available as a folder in File Explorer making dragging and dropping files and folders simple.
- From the document library, click Sync.
SharePoint will now start synchronizing our files. This can take a few minutes depending on how many files it needs to sync.
- Open File Explorer. We should now see the SharePoint library listed as a folder.
- Click on the SharePoint library to expand the folder.
- Open another File Explorer window.
- Arrange the windows so they are side by side.
- Navigate to the folder that contains the files to upload.
- Drag the files from your local drives to the SharePoint library in File Explorer.
Hints & tips
- Files that have recently been added to a SharePoint document library will display a small green icon next to them.
- It can be helpful when working with documents to see the document version. Ensure versioning is turned on (Cog icon > Library settings > Versioning settings)
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