Posted by: wajahatabbas | March 12, 2012

Open with Explorer. This control is currently disabled — SharePoint Document library

All of a sudden you realized that you cant able to use the open with explorer option with SharePoint document library.

That is you found out that “open with explorer sharepoint 2010 greyed out”

Open with explorer means opening the document library in a windows explorer format.

This what happens with me today while running a demo at one client at Qatar. This was working before, but today i was not able to open the explorer thing, and even office client integration was not working.

There could be couple of reason for it, like some setting required on central administration or some settings as 14 hive folder (control/ templates), but for me it was nothing just the browser 32 bit and 64 bit issue.

I opened the 64 bit IE, and tried to open it from there, which doesn’t allow us to open the windows explorer view from the 64 bit browser.

As it was a demo machine, so we havent applied Updated CU on that. As i heard that this issue has been resolved by CU



  1. did you try june 2011 Cummulative Update..

  2. Nopes. I havent applied.

    You are right, that it will be solved by that CU

  3. this also happen due to web dev not presented on Server. To enable the web dev,one’s need to install the desktop experience on to the server.


    Shakir Majeed Khan

  4. Same for me ! it’s so bad to see a expensive solution like sharepoint be inadapted to a good customer use !

    and most of my clients can’t use IE properly (because they use mac) or just prefer a browser like chrome :s

    On my computer it was working before and suddendly not :s

    If you find a solution, i’m interested 😉

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