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Using Windows Explorer as an FTP client

Windows Explorer/Internet Explorer has built-in FTP storage support that will enable you to get the job done without installing any additional software.

  1. Open up a new Explorer window. This can be either a Windows Explorer window (hit “My Computer”), or an Internet Explorer window (press the ever-familiar blue “e”).

  2. Next, enter the address of the ftp site into Explorer’s address bar. If you are in Windows Explorer, this is the input box that reads “C:….”. If you are in Internet Explorer, it contains a string starting with “http://”. Both are near the top of the window. The address to your FTP site is going to be something along the lines of ftp://ftp.example.com. Make sure you type the ftp:// part. If the server allows anonymous logins, you will see a list of files appear upon having your connection accepted. If it does not accept anonymous connections, you will be asked for your username and password. If it so happens that your connection is refused, but you are not asked for a username or password, try manually entering your credentials along with the FTP address in the following manner: ftp://username:password@ftp.example.com.

  3. Once connected, you will see a list of files and folders similar to what you would see if you were browsing your own computer. The difference is that you are browsing the files and folders located on the FTP server. You can drag and drop files to and from the Explorer window in order to upload and download.