I have mapped a SharePoint document library to Local PC using the option "Add Network Location".

One of the folder in the Library has 9000 PDF files. When I go to the web mode I am able to see the PDF files, but when I tried to view the same PDF files using Windows Explorer it is not showing files, instead showing an error: "The Folder is Empty".

I have attached the image.

Is this the expected behavior due to 9 K files in the folder?

Please suggest

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  • Is it showing the documents in windows explorer if the files are less than 5000? Try it on newly created document library with 4-5 documents on same site? Also try adding this site in trusted sites and connecting your sharepoint site on internet explorer. Add your SharePoint Online sites to trusted sites. Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 10:41

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It is not recommended to exceed 2,000 items in a library level, and to use Explorer view to view large document libraries.

For more information you can check below similar questions asked by community:

  1. open with explorer in document library
  2. Document library Open with Explorer ; shows empty folder - SharePoint 2010

You can manage your large lists/libraries by creating folders or indexing columns. For more information check below article:

Manage large lists and libraries in SharePoint.


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