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In the All Files section of SP Designer 2013 I have a folder named Apps that has all of my front-end stuff (JS/HTML/CSS). What is the simplest way to download / copy the contents of that folder to my local machine?

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You can open that URL in Internet Explorer. Or you can click Browse button from SPD

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And now from Ribbon choose to open in Explorer.

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Now you can copy folder/files and Paste in your local folder.

Update

Since the folder is in Root we wont be able to browse it in Explorer View. Here is a workaround

  1. First copy the folder from SPD and Paste it inside a temp location (Say Assets)
  2. Now go inside Assets folder and Paste it
  3. Now Follow as I said above.. Open in IE and Then Open with Explorer
  4. After copying you can delete it from Assets folder.
  • When I go to http://staging.csntoday.org/Apps I get Page Not Found error. – azium May 4 '15 at 14:40
  • There is a greyed out option for 'Preview In browser', screenshot i.imgur.com/ojWj5rv.png – azium May 4 '15 at 14:45
  • See my updated answer. – Amal Hashim May 4 '15 at 15:01
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Surprising nobody mentioned SPFileZilla. I wanted to do the same thing and stumbled across this fantastic piece of software. Works as defined - an FTP software for SharePoint and makes it super easy to copy folders and files to the local disk without the need for mapping any URL.

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  1. WIN KEY + E
  2. write in url \\YOURSITE\Apps press enter
  3. CTRL+A, CTRL+C

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