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Having problem Using Internet Explorer to FTP
Posted by Barry Tarbet on 04 June 2009 04:48 AM

Solution

There are several tweaks you can make to Internet Explorer that will make it more FTP-friendly. First, you can set up IE so that it can browse FTP directories, just as if they were folders in Windows Explorer:

  1. Click Tools | Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Under Browsing, check the box labeled Enable Folder View For FTP Sites.

Next, if you're on a computer that's behind a firewall, you'll need to set up IE to use passive FTP:

  1. Click Tools | Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Under Browsing, check the box labeled Use Passive FTP.

If you need to upload files to an FTP folder, you must use a special URL in the following format:

ftp://username@ftp.domain.com/directory/

This will result in the user being prompted for a password. Once the user supplies the password, a directory comes up, and the user can drag and drop files to and from the FTP window.

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