Internet Explorer can also function as an FTP client. This means you can access FTP sites directly through IE. A common question that often pops up is ‘How can I open an FTP site through Internet Explorer?’ It is very simple and not much different than accessing HTTP sites. All you have to do is type in the FTP site name into the address bar. For example, you may type in ftp://ftp.microsoft.com.

Some FTP site may require you to provide a user name and password. In such cases, you can type in:

ftp://<username>:<password>@ftp.microsoft.com

where the username field is your account name for the FTP server and the password field is the password that corresponds to the user account. Alternatively, you can also use the Login As command available from the File menu within IE to specify your username and password.

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