WebFile FAQ


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How do I access the I: drive or NDAccess space in WebFile?

To access the course folders for the current semester, click on the CourseWare folder in the pane on the left. To access the course folders for previous semesters, or other user folders:

  • Click the "Change View" link
  • Choose "Specify the absolute path of the folder to add"
  • In the " Path" field type: /afs/nd.edu/access
  • In the "Label" field type: I
  • Click "Change View"


How do I find the size of a folder in WebFile?

WebFile does not calculate the folder size automatically, because to do so it would have to calculate the size of all the files and sub folders each time the page is loaded. WebFile does calculate the size when a folder is copied or moved. If you need to know a folder's size:

  • Click the checkbox next to the folder
  • Click the "Copy" or "Move" link
  • You'll see the folder size in the dialog window that opens
  • Click "Cancel" to close the window without copying or moving the folder


How do I share a folder with others in WebFile?

You can share a folder with others in two ways:

  • Place the files you would like to share in your existing Public folder in AFS or NetFile. By default, any authenticated user can read files in the Public folder.
  • Create a new folder in your AFS or NetFile space for file sharing. Use the Access Rights tool in WebFile to set the access rights on that folder, so that only certain users can read the files in that particular folder.

You can view a folder that someone has shared with you:

  • Use the "Change View" option at the top of the WebFile window to add another user's shared folder to your default WebFile view. You will need either the user's NetID and the folder name, or the absolute path to the folder.


How do I upload a folder?

The upload function of WebFile supports four files per entry. To upload an entire folder to your space at one time via WebFile:

  • Zip (compress) the folder (e.g., MyFolder) on your local drive:
    • Windows: Select all the files to be zipped by holding down CTRL while selecting multiple files.  After all files have been selected, right-click and choose Send To > Compressed (Zipped) Folder.
    • Mac OS X: click the file/folder and choose "Compress filename" from the Finder > File menu bar.
  • Upload the zipped folder (e.g., MyFolder.zip) to your space via WebFile using the Upload tool.

You can un-compress the zipped file into a new folder by clicking on the file and clicking OK when prompted.

You also can use webfile.nd.edu as a Secure FTP server (SFTP), meaning that you can use Cyberduck or Fugu to manage your NetFile and AFS space. The SFTP protocol does support uploading and downloading entire folders. Fugu is available on our OIT Software site, while Cyberduck is freely available online.


I used PowerPoint to save a presentation as a Web Page and uploaded that page to my space via WebFile. Why does it show a "file not found" error when I go to that page through a browser?

When you save a presentation (for example, MySlideShow.ppt) as an HTML Web Page, PowerPoint creates two items:

  • MySlideShow.htm (a file)
  • MySlideShow_files (a folder)

You need to upload both of these to your www space for everything to work correctly. If you use WebFile to do so, you will need to compress the folder into a Zip file, upload it and then un-compress it.


I used WebFile to modify a document. After finishing and clicking "save" I can't find the new version. Did I lose all my work?

You have the option of editing text and HTML files within your browser itself, or downloading a file to your local computer, editing it, and uploading the revised version. You will be asked whether you want to edit the file directly when you open it.

If you edit within the browser, the file will be saved to your NetFile space.

If you downoad it and save it, the modified file will be on the computer's local hard drive. You can find it from within WebFile and upload it to your NetFile space.

Computers in the public computer labs delete individual user files when the computers are rebooted. You should upload your revised file to NetFile immediately after you finish editing it.


How do I get answers to questions not listed here?

The WebFile documentation might answer your question: WebFile (PDF)
You can also contact the Help Desk at (574) 631-8111 or send email to oithelp@nd.edu,