Although browsing FTP sites in Windows Explorer isn’t exactly a new feature for Windows 7, Rich over on the WindowsObserver blog recently pointed out how the new OS makes it that much easier for new users to discover that the feature even exists. On Windows 7, if you’re browsing an FTP site in IE, you’re now alerted as to how you can view the site using Windows Explorer instead. The message alert reads: “To view this FTP site in Windows Explorer, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer.”
What that’s directing you to is a menu option that will automatically launch a Windows Explorer window for you when you’ve surfed your way over to an FTP site.
Why would you want to do this? Well, using Windows Explorer can be a much easier way to interact with a FTP site, especially if you want to transfer files to and from your own computer to the site in question. When the site is open in Windows Explorer, you can drag and drop (or copy and paste) files into the site’s folders just as you could when moving files around on your own computer. The only difference is that you’re now uploading to the web instead making changes locally.
If you’ve never browsed through an FTP site via Windows Explorer, Rich provides a brief, but handy tutorial involving how to login to a site and how to click through the file structure.
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