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July 01
Save Time & Increase Efficiency When You Map a Drive to SharePoint!

In a recent blog post I provided the instructions for mapping a network drive. One reader commented that with the ability to drag and drop files into a library, what could be the additional value of mapping a drive? One word friends, convenience.

The files that are being dragged and dropped into the library must first exist on your PC or within SharePoint itself to be dragged between locations.  As a business user you’ll have files from your PC, from network file shares, from SharePoint and from other external sources such as files that are emailed to you.

Take into consideration files that are emailed to you. To put these files into SharePoint, you must first download them to upload them, or download them to drag and drop them into your library. You have to take the action of positioning your files for inclusion in SharePoint from your PC and then take the next step uploading or dragging and dropping. That is, unless, you have mapped a drive.

We’re all looking for a few ways to lighten the amount of steps in our processes or reduce clicks to get the end result. By mapping a drive to your PC, you can directly download files emailed to you into your mapped drive in one step, and those documents are automatically reflected within your SharePoint document library with no additional steps to upload or drag and drop. Just download directly to the mapped drive and you’re done!


From download to another upload, or from download to drag and drop – you are now just clicks from accomplishing your goal with a mapped drive. Why map a drive – ease of access to transfer documents between email and a document library.

About Nora Ten Broeck, PMP, MOS: SharePoint 2013: Nora is a SharePoint enthusiast with interests in engagement management, improved business processes and Nintex. Follow her @NoraTenBroeck

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