“Open as Web Folder” Not In the Internet Explorer 8 File | Open dialog


Hi everyone!

David Conner here.  I am a Senior Escalation Engineer on the IE Core and SDK team in Microsoft Support. If you’ve installed the IE 8 Beta builds or the Released build and tried to open a WebDAV share via the File | Open dialog, you may have notice that the checkbox to “Open as Web Folder” is no longer in the dialog as it was in IE 7 and previous versions of IE. In IE 7 we did a bit of work to separate  Internet Explorer from the Windows Shell. This work is described in the KB article at this here (KB928675).  Below are comparisons between the IE 8 and IE 7 Open Dialogs:

IE 8 Open Dialog

clip_image002

IE 7 Open Dialog

clip_image004

You can still open Web Folders in Explorer. One way to do this on Windows Vista is to

1) Click Start

2) Click Computer

3) In the following dialog click Map Network Drive

clip_image006

4) On the Map Network Drive dialog, click "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and Pictures" this will pop up the "Welcome to the Add Network Location Wizard".

clip_image008

 

Until next time!

 

Regards,

The IE Support Team

Comments (59)

  1. Anonymous says:

    What about https links in XP? So far as i know this does not work with drive mappings.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Greate! New version, new problems. As always.

    Any chance "open as web folder" will be added back?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the article.   What about on Windows XP SP3 for PC’s in a Domain – have you found a workaround there?  Initially, this strikes me as a pretty big flaw.  I have a lot users accessing remote shares via Web Folders.  

  4. armageddon says:

    Hi David,

    Could you shed more light on WebFolders support in IE8 please?

    I have noticed that even that the "Open as Web Folder" checkbox is not there now, it is possible to render a WebDAV collection using JavaScript. The following snippet works in IE5.5-IE7 but it in IE8 it does not if the port is other than 80.

    <div name="davdiv" id="davdiv" STYLE="behavior:url(‘#default#httpFolder’)"></div>

    <iframe id=davframe width=100% height=100% name="davframe" src="blank.html"></iframe>

    <script>

    try {

     var div=document.getElementById("davdiv");

     var ret="";

     if (div) {

       ret=div.navigateFrame("http://localhost:8080/webdavFolder&quot;,"davframe");

     }

     alert(ret);

    } catch (e) { "navigateFrame failed: "+alert(e.message);}

    Using a network protocol analyzer (I’ve used Fiddler2 http://www.fiddlertool.com/Fiddler2/version.asp) the visible difference is that div.navigateFrame() call results in a PROPFIND request in IE7 and in a GET request in IE8.

    Could you please clarify:

    1. Why a GET is issued instead of a PROPFIND?
    2. Are other ports than 80 supported?

    3. Is BASIC authentication supported using this method?

    4. The return value of navigateFrame() is very vague. It’s either "OK" or "FAILED". Is there a way to get more information on the specific cause of the method’s failure?

    My configuration is Windows XP Professional SP3, IE8 version 8.0.6001.18702

    Thank you,

    Victor

  5. Anonymous says:

    thanks, but how do we do it with ie8 on xp?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear IE Support Team,

    This is all great, however, Opentext livelink uses the webfolders in IE as a drag and drop window (iframe).

    This feature has now become useless.

    Is there a way to implement this again or will it never be incorporated?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Removal of the "Open as Web Folder" feature is a disappointment.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have been using the following functionality for opening web folders from inside the browser window

    <span id="oWebFolder" style="BEHAVIOR:url(#default#httpFolder)">

    ….

    id.navigateFrame(url,"_self");

    but it ceased to work in Internet Explorer 8. Is this caused by the same reason as described in this blog entry?

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is very fraustrating…what I can do if I have IE 8.0 on my XP computer??????????????????????

  10. Anonymous says:

    Its too bad this feature was eliminated.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this. I was just setting up 3 laptops and went to grab our AV software off our internal page only to NOT find the usual webfolder option. Your suggestion was right on. I wonder why the chose to remove that option?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hi

    How would you do this in XP?

    Thanks

    Coenraad

  13. Anonymous says:

    Why did you disabled the httpFolder behaviour for https URL’s in Internet Explorer 8?

  14. rubentomas says:

    Why using httpFolder behaviour with HTTP instead of HTTPS gets you a login challenge?

  15. rubentomas says:

    How do we follow your instructions in Windows XP SP3 and IE 8?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I very much appreciate your efforts for separating IE from the Windows Shell.

    We have been using the "web folder behaviors" provided in IE 5, 6 and 7 a lot since this was a very user friendly means for mounting a web folder from a web page.

    Will you provide a replacement for "web folder behaviors" in future versions of IE? Preferably based on standard protocols, such as the "Mounting WebDAV Servers" protocol specified in RFC 4709?

    I believe this protocol allows to support this behavior while keeping IE separate from the Windows Shell.

  17. Anonymous says:

    this does not explain how to do this in XP.  Nobody uses vista….

  18. Anonymous says:

    Gee if you have vista 64 bit edition

    and office 2007 installed….

    the web folder does not work without finding some obscure patch?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I want to make it possible for staff to access teaching resources in a Web Folder using WebDAV – via links on a vle.

    This no longer works having switched to IE8 and the above work-around does not work either as it throws up an error message:

    Windows cannot access…

  20. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t seen any follow-up from this post, but while adding the web folder to the network locations allows this to be opened through direct user interaction with Explorer, it does not allow for a web folder to be opend via a URL in IE8.  Any attempt to do this currently displays the "default view" in IE8 which does not support the WebDAV extensions.  It appears that the transportation between IE8 and Explorer for URL’s with the "folder" attribute is no longer available.  There was a post on 4/16 regarding a similar issue when attempting to open an FTP URL where the fix was to modify the ie.ftp classes registry to invoke Explorer instead of IE.  Could there be a similar fix for web folders?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Ok – but how do I connect to a Web Folder WITHOUT mapping it to a drive? I don’t wan’t several hundred mapped drives just because I need to upload a file once?

    Noone expects to map a drive just to use FTP either!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Alright… Does this mean that when I have IE8 on XP, I’m screwed?

    I tried entering the web folder URL in the "Folder:" combobox of XP’s "Map network drive" dialog.  It gives met "The network path xxxxx could not be found.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Okay, I learned to read now and clicked the link far down in the map network drive dialog which brings up a wizard that allowsyou to create the web folder.

  24. MikeBosch says:

    Is there any way to open a web folder and pass along different credentials than one is logged in as?  

    Basically, we’d like to connect to a normal WebDAV server end point and pass along user credentials through normal HTTP basic auth and we can’t seem to get this to work on an XP / IE8 machine.  We’ve tried going into "my network places" and do it there but that doesn’t seem to work either the way one would expect.

  25. Anonymous says:

    This appears to be a loss in functionality to me.. good job.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I do not want a new network location, I want a drive letter mapped to a network location (such as a moss list) so that I can reference it using a drive letter not the fully qualified URL which IMO is very bulky.

  27. Anonymous says:

    That’s fine if your computer has direct connection to the internet but not when you’re going via a proxy (eg ISA2004).  Is there any provision for this in the OS?

  28. Anonymous says:

    I do have to apologize for my response to this.  I was able to map the drive to a drive letter using the fully qualified URL.  However, it is not very apparent that this is the new way of doing things under IE8: maybe a post or additional details in this post stating that you can still map the drive letter would be helpful to others. Just a thought.

    Thanks,

    Andy

  29. Anonymous says:

    Since webdav option is removed from IE8 , need to know way to upload and download files from a web folder which requires specific credentials(user id and password) using IE8..

  30. Anonymous says:

    OK so what about the people using Sharepoint 03 with Office 2007 and IE 8.  Doc Libs etc ..  You guys at microsoft are really dropping the ball and losing a lot of respect in the IT world.

    Maybe Bill should invest in re-educating people.  

  31. Anonymous says:

    I am using Windows XP, and just lost access to web folders because of IE8. How do I uninstall IE8 – any ideas?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Another nice functionality now unuseable thanks to M$ .

  33. Anonymous says:

    "On a web page, IE8 only opens links to web folders using the WebDAV client redirector. It will not try to use the alternative Web Publishing component that comes installed with Office and supports HTTPS, like old IE6 & IE7."

    We used to have WebDAV client redirector disabled since it is so boring, slow and complex for the users, nut now we have to enable it (as default) on all client machines.

    Why is WebDAV client redirector so much slower than Web Publishing component that comes installed with Office?

    Why doesn’t WebDAV client redirector support HTTPS ?

    Why is there no comments from MS?

    Whats is the "best-practice" solution ?

    /PG

  34. Anonymous says:

    Read KB892211 and follow the steps.

  35. Anonymous says:

    How to open https web folders???

  36. Anonymous says:

    We use Livelink drag&drop which is very usefull when working with a webbased document management system.

    And we use the webdav over https also.

    Both become useless with IE8.

    This makes us to stick with IE7 and therefor with Win XP. There is no way we are going to switch to Vista and Windows comes with IE8..

    In stead of just removing the ‘open as web folder’ functionality we would have loved to see additional functionality in Vista and Windows 7 to map webdav drives over https! That would be very valuable!

  37. Anonymous says:

    We were having a problem rendering the drag & drop Window for Open Text Livelink using XP and IE8. I believe this is all related to webdav/web folders, etc.

    Solution:

    KB974455 fixed this issue for us. It’s listed as an IE6 update if you look it up, but listed as an IE8 update when running updates through the browser.

    Hope this helps.

  38. Anonymous says:

    More features removed from IE! Soon, the HTML rendering feature will also be removed.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Yet another reason to move to Ubuntu Linux.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know what to say – just as webdav is dying, our university is moving TO it and discontinuing other access… sweet.  I just got the notice that, over Christmas break, we now have to use webdav to access our files from off campus.  I’m just researching what might be needed to make it work.

    And no, they’re not going to remove html rendering from IE… in fact I heard they’ve just hired a bunch of unemployed experts from some rendering plants that have just closed down.

  41. Anonymous says:

    If you’re having trouble with webdav over SSL try the ‘\<server>@SSL<path>’ syntax. Not sure if this works on xp or not but on windows 7 with IE8 if I navigate to this unc path it opens up in explorer with no need to map a drive letter.

  42. Anonymous says:

    THIS IF F**’D UP!

    Stupid MS and their upgrades, if you remove something, put it somewhere else!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Can’t open FTP stie as a folder in IE8!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What the heck is wrong with MS????

    Can’t they get anything right???   Why take a step backwards???

    I hope they’re working on a fix. I hope that it will come out in the first service pack. We all know that there will be one!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    We use SharePoint 2007 and are almost all the way converted to IE8.  I have found that I cannot connect to web folders on Windows Server 2003 machines that have IE8 (either through the "map network drive" or via the "Connect with Windows Explorer" option of SharePoint.  very frustrating…..

  45. Anonymous says:

    F*** looking for a solution but nothing here! Yeah MS you have a made a secure solution but you have lost the reason to use it! Instead you pushing me to other solutions.  F***.

    Please give us usefull functions. What about native support in Windows like tools as Webdrive?

    Greetings,

    A Windows System Engineer for 10 years, who proberly is going to promote other OS’s.

  46. Anonymous says:

    This is pretty broken.  It appears that the FOLDER= attribute for the anchor tag is also broken in IE7.

    I’ve tried the patches in KB907306 and it does not fix the issue, even though the dll’s were older than what came with that package.

    The web server hasn’t changed in quite a while.

    I have validated that XP with IE6 DOES still work with the folder= attribute.

    This is just sadly broken.  It’s a major piece of functionality that is now just gone.

    WebDAV is an IETF standard; I understand making IE8 more HTML compliant would seem to be a good thing, but MS should have forced the IETF to list the WebDAV syntax as a valid attribute.  It was pretty usefull.

    So is there a work around?

    == John ==

  47. Anonymous says:

    Ok, I got a little further on this – it turns out, IE8 DOES allow the ‘folder=’ attribute, and WebFolders do open up on just a click on a properly formatted Anchor tag.

    This seems to work if Office 2003 is installed on the machine.

    Office 2007 on a fresh copy of Vista with IE8 gives the "would you like to open the default view insetad" dialog box.

    Is there an Office 2003 extension / patch that can be downloaded?

    == John ==

  48. Anonymous says:

    Mapping WebDAV folder Under Windows XP

    To use the Add Network Place Wizard to add a shortcut to your computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV

    ■On the desktop, double-click My Network Places.

    ■In the “Network Tasks” pane, click Add a network place.

    ■On the welcome screen, click Next.

    ■Select Choose another network location, and then click Next.

    ■In the “Internet or network address:” field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool.

    \serveripfoldername

    You may now drag and drop folders between your computer and the sites to which you just connected. However, you cannot delete items from a site by dragging them to the Recycle Bin on your desktop. To delete an item, right-click it and select Delete.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for breaking the vital component we need.  Any estimate on when this will be fixed?  Please give us some sort of timetable here! …. jiminy christmas!

  50. Anonymous says:

    (I’m referring to https/SSL support)

  51. Anonymous says:

    Hello?  Microsoft?  Anyone home?  Anyone monitoring this site?  Is anyone going to respond to the dozens of questions above?

  52. Anonymous says:

    Dude, this only works for me if I'm ACTUALLY ON THE NETWORK that I'm connecting to.  The purpose of the web folder is that I can access my stuff from elsewhere.  How do I get my webfolder that isn't "read-only"?  FAIL FAIL FAIL!

  53. Anonymous says:

    Dude, this only works for me if I'm ACTUALLY ON THE NETWORK that I'm connecting to.  The purpose of the web folder is that I can access my stuff from elsewhere.  How do I get my webfolder that isn't "read-only"?  FAIL FAIL FAIL!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Hi please update this post with instructions on how to do this on XP using IE 8.  There are a lot of old Microsoft docs and kbs that use this method, XP and IE,  as one of the crucial steps in troubleshooting their products.  Last I saw XP was still a supported MS product.  So now quite a few troubleshooting docs and kb's are broken.  Please also update the related kb articles.  Using this method to troubleshoot EAS does not work and is not a viable solution.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Hi please update this post with instructions on how to do this on XP using IE 8.  There are a lot of old Microsoft docs and kbs that use this method, XP and IE,  as one of the crucial steps in troubleshooting their products.  Last I saw XP was still a supported MS product.  So now quite a few troubleshooting docs and kb's are broken.  Please also update the related kb articles.  Using this method to troubleshoot EAS does not work and is not a viable solution.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Great, another once-existent feature no longer supported by Windows. Isn't functionality supposed to go in the other direction? This is the second reminder today of why my open source stack at home is choice.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Great, another once-existent feature no longer supported by Windows. Isn't functionality supposed to go in the other direction? This is the second reminder today of why my open source stack at home is choice.

  58. Anonymous says:

    I have XP with SP3, and the mapping to the FTP site works mentioned at the start of the article does work.  maybe you shouild try the direction first before complaining!

  59. Anonymous says:

    I have XP with SP3, and the mapping to the FTP site works mentioned at the start of the article does work.  Maybe you should try the directions first before complaining!