This article describes how to add an open attachments to items.


  • You must have "Write" access rights to add an attachment
  • The server installation is configured with a file repository

Adding an Attachment

You can add an attachment to an item in the following two ways when you are in the Attachments view:

Use Attach File Button 

  1. Click on to open the Windows Open file dialog where you select the file to attach and click Open.

  2. Enter an optional comment for the attachment upload in the Add comment dialog. 

Drag and Drop

  1. Drag a file from Windows Explorer and drop it on the view page. 
  2. You will get a confirmation message before the file is actually attached. Click Add Files.:

  3. Enter an optional comment for the attachment upload in the Add comment dialog.

Tip: If you want to attach an email from MS Outlook, you must first store the email as a file, and then store the file as an attachment. An easy way to do this is to select the email in Outlook, then drag&drop the email into a Windows folder (like your Desktop). You can then drag&drop the file into swExplorer.

Opening an Attachment

You can open an attachment by double-clicking on the line of the attachment in the Attachments view. 

You can also right-click on an attachment and select Open Attachment.

The file will then be opened by the application registered for the file type.

Note: Certain files types cannot be opened, e.g., .exe, .bat, .ps1. These files must be downloaded.

An alternative to directly opening the file is to download the file to a Windows folder and then opening the document in Windows.

What's Next?

Learn about Editing and Versioning Attachments.