"Web Folders" strange behaviour

Posted on 2009-02-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I want to access a document library in sharepoint through windows explorer.

I can go into "My Networkl Places" and use "Add a Network Place" to create a link to the document library... the link is of the form ...

After the wizard completes, I am left with a shortcut to the webfolder, however the format is somehow changed toa unc version...


This is extremely frustrating.

If I am to open up Microsoft word 2007 and select File/Save as , then select "My Network Places" on the left side of the save box... then I double click my web folder (the one in unc format) ... this somehow creates a new web folder for me that is the correct http:// path that I was trying to create originally.

Then when I open this I get the real "Web Folders" folder that I can use to create all of my webfolders correctly.

I assume I am doing something in the wrong order as this seems very odd - and pointers would be appreciated.
Question by:unlocktechnology
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    Expert Comment

    Sharepoint uses WebDAV which supports both the HTTP and UNC path naming convention.  What you are describing is by design behavior.

    Author Comment

    Why is the http path converted to a unc path when I create a web folder?

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    Accepted Solution

    Web folders was designed to make use of UNC, it probably chooses that as the default if both options are available.  In my experience managing files using UNC paths is a little faster than HTTP because it's a slightly more efficient protocol.

    Assisted Solution

    Is there a way to force it to choose the http address rather than the unc?  Using web folders, when I find a SharePoint site to which I'd like to navigate, I'd like to be able to cut/paste the URL into IE such that the SharePoint view will come up (unc does not do this; with unc, an IE folder view comes up instead of the SharePoint view)

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