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Sharepoint document libraries can be synced with File Explorer and you can manage these Sync settings using the OneDrive client on your workstation. This allows you to drag and drop files into the Sharepoint library or directly access the documents via File Explorer.

 

The OneDrive sync client is now compatible with both OneDrive and SharePoint document libraries. This method replaces the unsupported SharePoint drive mapping method using Internet Explorer where you could view your Sharepoint library in the file explorer or 'my computer' on your workstation.<

  1. In your browser open the Sharepoint document library you wish to sync to your PC
  2. Click on Sync in the top menu then select Sync now in the pop-up window.
  3. If another pop-up window appears, select “Always allow mymailunisaedu.sharepoint.com to open links of this type in the associated app”
  4. Click Open Microsoft OneDrive.
  5. Open File Explorer to see the new SharePoint sync folder, accessible via University of South Australia in the left-side menu.

You have completed the sync of your SharePoint Document Library. Repeat the above steps for other document libraries you require to have available via File Explorer on your PC.

For step by step instructions (including screenshots) see How do I sync my Sharepoint files with OneDrive?

Once you have completed the sync of your Sharepoint Document library you will see the files displayed in your File Explorer. The Sharepoint Document library will appear on the left with the under the University of South Australia icon as shown here:SharepointOneDriveSync1.png

The content of the Sharepoint library are displayed as below. The default sync status is 'File on-demand' and appears s a blue cloud. This file is available when online and is not yet downloaded to your computer. When you open the file it will be downloaded and will display a different status icon.
SharepointOneDriveSync2.png

The different file status categories are:
SharepointOneDriveSyncStatus.png

To make a file available for when you are offline right click on a file and choose 'always keep on this device' - you need to do this while online as a copy is downloaded to your workstation. You can reverse this setting by selecting 'Free up space' which sets the file back in 'Online only' mode.

SharepointOneDriveSyncStatus1.png

To stop syncing your Sharepoint library:

  1. Right click on your OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar
  2. Click 'Help and settings'
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click on the Account tab
  5. Select 'Stop sync' against the library you wish to stop syncing
  6. Click OK
  7. A warning will appear - check the details and click 'stop sync' (the online only files will be available online but you will no longer see them listed in the File Explorer view on your workstation)
  8. Click OK to close the Settings menu.

For step by step instructions (including screenshots) see How do I stop syncing my files or folder?

To choose a particular set of folders from a Sharepoint library to sync first follow the steps to sync the Sharepoint library.

  1. Right click on your OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar
  2. Click 'Help and settings'
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click on the Account tab
  5. Select 'Choose folders'
  6. Click OK
  7. You will see a list of folders within the library. Choose the folder you wish to sync 
  8. Click OK to close the Settings menu.

For step by step instructions (including screenshots) see How do I sync a folder within a library?

  1. Open  File Explorer from your desktop and locate the files you want to upload to your Sharepoint site. Leave the window open to one side of your screen.
  2. Open a browser and go to your Sharepoint site - open the Document Library that you want to upload the files to. Move the browser window to the other side of your screen, resizing it if necessary to see both windows.
  3. In your File Explorer window select the file(s) to be uploaded.
  4. Drag the selected files to the main area of the SharePoint site's Document Library - the + symbol should appear to show you the files are being copied. Drop the files inside the Document library.
  5. The information bar will update you on the status of the upload and confirm when all documents have been uploaded.
  6. Documents are now uploaded and available on the SharePoint site.

For step by step instructions (including screenshots) see Can I upload multiple files using Drag and Drop?

When you drag and drop files from one Sharepoint library to another you will lose the metadata - that is the information attached to the file such as who created the file and when it was created. If you wish to maintain the metadata you can copy or move files using the method below.

Note: You cannot copy or move the entire library - only the contents of the library.
You will need edit permission on both the source and destination libraries.

  1. Open the source document library
  2. Select the folder or items you wish to move or copy
  3. With the folder or items selected click on the elipse menu and select Move to or Copy to 
  4. A menu will open on the right hand side of the screen - select the destination site or click on ‘Show more’ if it is not displayed
  5. Select the destination site or click on ‘Show more’ if it is not displayed
  6. When you have navigated to the required destination click ‘Move here

For step by step instructions (including screenshots) see How can I move or copy content in Sharepoint and maintain metadata?