Another one of those “I never noticed that before” questions today…
One of my customers wanted to get their pictures out of a Picture library, and said that they couldn’t find the Open In Explorer option in the Ribbon Bar. My first guess is that they were having a problem with the Internet Explorer SharePoint add-ons, but no… there’s basically NOTHING in the Ribbon Bar for a Picture library!
We have Sharegate, and I know I could have exported the Picture library to a file share, and it would have been fine. But still… how could I allow the customer to do that themselves?
A little digging around found an answer in the form of a nice little hack (elegant solution to a problem).
Open a Windows File Explorer window, click in the address bar at the top of the screen, and enter the SharePoint site address in the following format:
For example: \\sharepoint.foo.com\sites\MyTestTeamsite
That opens up the site in Windows File Explorer, and you can drill down into any library that’s out there… including Picture libraries.
I passed along the information, the customer tried it, it worked, and everyone was happy.