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How to disable "Open with Windows Explorer" action in document libr

  Asked By: Giovanni    Date: Apr 07    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 8150

I have created a number of folders and subfolders in my sharepoint

I have preset different permission on those folders, so that
different users have different views on those folders. For example,
user A can only view folder A and folder Common, user B can only
view folder B and folder Common.

However, i found that user can click action button, open with
windows explorer, to view all folders and access all files in the
document library. It is really a contradiction to the preset

I have already deleted the explorer view in the document library,
but how can i disable "Open with Windows Explorer" action or any
other suggestion ?



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Bobbie Rodgers     Answered On: Apr 07

You can remove this from the menu using a Feature and a
HideCustomAction. However, that won't keep them from opening the
library as a Web Folder. To completely remove this capability requires
getting rid of WebDAV. If you get rid of WebDAV you won't be able to
save documents to a library  from Office Apps.

I suspect what you need to do instead is to apply the permissions
directly to the document  level because the documents aren't actually
inside the folder. Take a look at the following post on my Blog for how
to build an event handler that will automatically set permissions on a
document in a document library when its created.


Answer #2    Answered By: Bhumi Gokhale     Answered On: Apr 07

Folders are merely a view, not security. That is why you are having
difficulties. Setting permissions on the folder  does not change the
permissions of contents, because it has no contents. To attain what you
are looking for, I believe you will have to either 1)create multiple
lists 2) user  per-item permissions and maybe create custom views  on the
List, depending on your requirements.

Remember, the new versions of SharePoint are security trimmed, so users
only see their files  anyway. Not sure if this helps, but good luck!

Answer #3    Answered By: Davon Henson     Answered On: Apr 07

I'm confused by this discussion (or maybe, I'm confused and this discussion
will enlighten me!)

I do not have the experience reported by Dickson; when I have a library
with folders  with different permissions, the users  see only the folders they
have permissions to in "All Documents" view, in "Explorer View", and when
they "Open in Windows Explorer".

If, as Ben says, "folders are not security", then what does it mean when I
"manage permissions" on a document  and it says "This document inherits
permisions from its parent folder"?

By the way, I'm using MOSS 2007, and not in a publishing site.

Answer #4    Answered By: Aakash Gavade     Answered On: Apr 07

It is a good news for me to hear that you can do what i want.

I am using Windows Server 2003 R2 with SharePoint Services 3.0. I am not sure
whether it is the difference between my system to your system.

I want to know that how you configure your folder  permission. Have you
redefined your permission  level ?

Answer #5    Answered By: Dara Hobbs     Answered On: Apr 07

IIRC, a user  can open  a file he/she has access  to, even if they cannot
open the folder  it is contained within. Of course, they would have to
know the URL via search, e-mail link, etc. I haven't test this, so I am
not 100% sure...