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Windows Explorer FTP looks like web page, no upload/delete. How do I fix it?

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On all of my windows systems except for my "Daily driver" when I go to an FTP site in Windows Explorer, it looks like any other explorer window (except I have to specify login parameters, but I even have to do that on the one I think is working incorrectly).

So, on my computer, the FTP site is displayed more like a web page (or site listing) in Explorer, which doesn't allow uploading or deleting.

Did I install something that affected this change? Or did Imaybe change a setting?

Anyone know how to get it back to "regular"???

(I attached an image of what I see, I didn't attach one of what it looks like on other systems. I'm sure you probably all know).

Thanks!!!
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by:Joffer
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Is this for all FTP sites or just 3dftp.com?
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by:techzter
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Do you receive an error if you try and drag/drop your files to the web browser?
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by:savone
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I think it might be a linux box your connecting to.  


Do you know what kind of machines you are connecting to?
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Anyway - I think you or your administrator may have turned off "FTP-friendly view".

There are several tweaks you can make to Internet Explorer that will make it more FTP-friendly. First, you can set up IE so that it can browse FTP directories, just as if they were folders in Windows Explorer:

Click      Tools | Internet Options.
Click      the Advanced tab.
Under      Browsing, check the box labeled Enable Folder View For      FTP Sites.
 
Next, if you're on a computer that's behind a firewall, you'll need to set up IE to use passive FTP:  Click      Tools | Internet Options.
Click      the Advanced tab.
Under      Browsing, check the box labeled Use Passive FTP.
 
If you need to upload files to an FTP folder, you must use a special URL in the following format:

ftp://username@ftp.domain.com/directory/ 

This will result in the user being prompted for a password. Once the user supplies the password, a directory comes up, and the user can drag and drop files to and from the FTP window.
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by:ibrahim52
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Did you tried installing another browser like firefox and check your ftp url
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by:Joffer
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Just to have mentioned it, even though you are on IE6. In IE 8, there are a special mode for what you want to do, which IE8 actully tells you about when viewing an FTP site:

To view this FTP site in Windows Explorer, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer.
Is there such an option in the menu in IE6? I can't check since I'm on IE8 (even though FF3/35 is my main browser)
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by:Joffer
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I forgot in my last post, to suggest you open the ftp site in standard Windows Explorerer, instead of Internet Explorere. Just paste the address into the address field.
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by:mobrien118
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All of the other "solutions" were irrelevant. You hit it exactly. Bullseye! Thanks for the tip!!!
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by:mobrien118
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I got my solution, but just to clarify some questions:

1. Yes, it happens on every site. I meant to say that but wasn't clear about it.

2. When I drag a file onto it, it opens the file as if I had double clicked it.

3. It happens on Linux or Windows boxes. No difference.

4. The URLs are not the problem. The site I loaded was just an example I got off of google for "Public FTP".

5. I AM on IE8. Also, as I clearly stated in my question, and should be clear from the picture, this happens in "Windows Explorer" not IE (Although, in many respects, they are one and the same)

Thanks to all for your efforts. I appreciate the quickness of your responses.
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