Internet Explorer is a Web browser that allows you to view files on the Internet. It also gives you the ability to upload files onto an Internet server. Uploading a file is the process of copying a file from your hard drive to the hard drive of a computer on the Web. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and this is one way that files are transferred easily from one computer to another. Using Internet Explorer to upload a file to FTP requires an FTP site address and a user name and password with read and write permissions.
Connect to the FTP Site
Open Internet Explorer.
Type in the top search box "ftp://" appended with the appropriate FTP address. For example, if the FTP address is ftp.Microsoft.com, type "ftp://ftp.Microsoft.com" in the search box. The FTP address could also be a set of four numbers separated by dots, such as 127.0.0.1; in this case, type in "ftp://127.0.0.1."
Enter your FTP user name and password and then click the "Log On" button. Files will appear in the open window. Earlier versions of Internet Explorer will open the FTP site inside the Internet Explorer window. More recent versions of Internet Explorer will automatically open Windows Explorer and display the FTP site in that window.
Upload Files to the FTP Site
Click "Start," type "Windows Explorer" in the search box and press "Enter."
Position Windows Explorer side by side with the open FTP window by dragging the Windows Explorer window to the left and the FTP window to the right.
Navigate in Windows Explorer to the file you want to upload to the FTP site. Click and drag the file from the left Windows Explorer window to the FTP window. The file will be uploaded to the FTP site.
Tips & Warnings
- FTP through Internet Explorer is used to copy files to and from a public server. Your ISP has the URL or IP address you need to connect.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 can use Windows Explorer as a way to connect to a server using FTP. Type the "ftp://" address directly into Windows Explorer and follow the same steps as in this article for uploading.
- If you receive an error upon your first log-in attempt, click "OK" and then choose "File" and "Login As" and type your user name and password in the box to attempt the connection again.
- If you're using Internet Explorer version 4 or earlier, you will need to use the following in your search bar rather than the "ftp://" in the steps in this article: "ftp://user:password@ftpserver/URL-path" where "user" is your user name, "password" is your password and "ftpserver/URL-path" is the IP address or URL.