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I have a fresh install of sharepoint 2010 and am trying to setup my document library on the server.  I would like to upload files via windows explorer, but the option is grayed out and specifies it is disabled.  I am logged in at the farm and site administrator.  After reading some stuff I have installed Desktop Experience on the server and rebooted.  What else am I missing to get this feature available to me.
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I assume you have created a new web application and created the primary site or workspace for it and now want to upload to its document library. What browser are you using?

If anything other then IE you may have small features here and there disabled.
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Now that you mentioned the browser.  I was using Firefox, so I decided to check IE.  IE the option is available.  Is there anyway to make this feature available with Firefox as a lot of my users use that browser.  I am noticing a number of features are not available in Chrome either.  
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Its a struggle there are work arounds that are documented on the net which I can dig up if you like I remember there is a work around for FireFox for this.

I to have users on multiple browsers as we do web development. There will be some issues that you can't work around. For instance if you intend to use Project Server, there are fields that just don't display in FireFox or Chrome.

end of the day getting your users to use IE for SharePoint will enhance there user experience. Little things like clicking on a word document in IE will check it out and open it in word. Others you will need to save a copy. There is again a work around for this but its a lot of work.

well that is my 2 cents.

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No need to look it up for me.  We do web development as well so I know exactly what you mean by users with multiple browsers.  I WILL just get them to use IE for Sharepoint to get the full experience.  One more question though.  Now that I can open the library in explorer.  What is the best way for users to create a new document in excel then save it to the proper sharepoint document library.  Should they go to the library and create the document there or can they open excel and create the document then save it to the library and if so how.
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There are a few ways some dependent on the OS, you all on XP/Win 7 or Mac (or mixed) ?

I would create the file first then upload it to the sharepoint library, but there are more controlled methods like using the Office application to publish to a site library.

You can create network locations directly to a document library for XP and with Win7 there are Network shortcuts. Mac's have not had any complaints from them.    
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If you are moving lots of files into the Library I would go to the explorer view and drag and drop the all the files in.

hope that answers your question.
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I will use the explorer view to transfer all the docs which is why I needed to get it working.  We are on mostly windows 7 and some macs.  Do you have any good links for connecting network shares to the libraries or on publishing to the libraries from the programs themselves?
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WinXP

In windows 7 it remembers sites that you are a member of and have created items on. but if you want a more hands on way you can create a short-cut that will open an explorer window directly to the document library

with path looking like this file://hostname@port/sitename/subsitename/ "the document library name"

Mac's I have not come across the issue so you may need to enlighten me on that one
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I appreciate all the help.  It was very helpful.
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