This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

If you want to upload files, delete files, or rearrange the folder structure on an FTP site, you need to open the site in Windows Explorer rather than in Internet Explorer. For security reasons, you can only use Internet Explorer to open FTP sites and download files from them. To create a shortcut to an FTP site so that the site will automatically open in Windows Explorer, follow the steps below.

To create a shortcut to open an FTP site in Windows Explorer

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.

  2. Right-click anywhere in the folder, and then click Add a Network Location.

  3. In the wizard, select Choose a custom network location, and then click Next.

  4. Enter the name of the FTP site, with the full FTP:// in front of it, and then click Next.

  5. To use a name and password, clear the Log on anonymously check box. Type a user name, and then click Next.

  6. To have the FTP site open when you're done setting up the shortcut, just click Next. If you do not want the FTP site to open after you're done setting up the shortcut, clear the Open this network location when I click Finish check box. Click Finish.

  7. A shortcut to the FTP site appears in the Computer folder. You can drag that shortcut to your desktop so that it's easy to find later.

Note

  • When you first connect to the FTP site, you’ll be prompted for a password. Select the Save password check box if you want Windows to remember that password and connect you directly to the site in the future.