Comprehensive Guide to Using OneLake File Explorer for Windows
Microsoft Fabric
Jun 22, 2023 3:00 PM

Comprehensive Guide to Using OneLake File Explorer for Windows

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Microsoft Expert, Elizabeth Oldag provides insight on OneLakes integration with Windows File Explorer via its client application.

In this video, Elizabeth Oldag, a Senior Product Manager on the OneLake team, will show you the seamless integration of OneLake with Windows File Explorer through the OneLake File Explorer client application. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, OneLake File Explorer is a simple and easy way to add or manage files.

  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 00:29 Download OneLake File Explorer
  • 01:25 Copy locally stored data to OneLake
  • 02:35 Use a Fabric Notebook to read the newly uploaded data
  • 03:23 OneLake File Explorer also supports updating files
  • 04:16 Wrap-Up
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Microsoft OneLake is a single, unified, logical data lake for an entire organization. Similar to OneDrive, OneLake comes automatically with every Microsoft Fabric tenant and is designed to be the central place for all your analytics data.
OneLake aims to improve collaboration by creating one data lake for the entire organization, as opposed to having separate data lakes for different business groups. Every Fabric customer tenant has exactly one OneLake. There can never be more than one, and if you have Fabric, there can never be zero. OneLake is provisioned automatically with every Fabric tenant with no extra resources to set up or manage.
Governance and compliance is built into OneLake. Any data that lands in OneLake is governed by default, under the control of a tenant admin. Within a tenant, you can create any number of workspaces. Workspaces enable different parts of the organization to distribute ownership and access policies. Each workspace is part of a capacity that is tied to a specific region and is billed separately.
OneLake is open at every level, supporting any type of file, structured or unstructured. All Fabric data items like data warehouses and lakehouses store their data automatically in OneLake in delta parquet format. This allows data engineers and SQL developers to contribute to building the same data lake, whether they're loading data into a lakehouse using Spark or using T-SQL to load data.
OneLake also features a file explorer for Windows, making it easier for users to navigate all their workspaces and data items, upload, download, or modify files, just like in OneDrive.
The system is designed to give maximum value out of a single copy of data without the need for data movement or duplication. This means you can use the same data across multiple engines without needing to copy the data just to use it with another engine. This feature is made possible by storing data in the open delta parquet format, which allows you to use the same data across different analytical engines like T-SQL, Spark, Analysis Services, and others.
Moreover, shortcuts allow your organization to easily share data between users and applications without having to move and duplicate information unnecessarily. These shortcuts enable you to combine data across different business groups and domains into a virtual data product to fit a user’s specific needs.
In addition, business users can build Power BI reports directly on top of OneLake using the new direct lake mode in the Analysis Services engine, which combines the speed of import without needing to copy the data.

OneLake File Explorer: Streamlining File Management

OneLake File Explorer is an innovative solution designed to streamline file management and improve team collaboration. It offers an easy-to-use interface and seamless integration with Windows File Explorer, making it effortless to add, update, and manage files within your organization. As showcased in the video, the addition of features like Fabric Notebooks allows for quick access to uploaded content, resulting in improved productivity and organization. Give OneLake File Explorer a try today and experience the difference it can make in your file management processes.

Learn about Exploring OneLake file explorer for Windows

Microsoft OneLake File Explorer is a client application that seamlessly integrates with Windows File Explorer to allow users to add or manage files. It allows users to copy locally stored data to OneLake, read newly uploaded data with a Fabric Notebook, and even supports updating files. To try out the features offered by Microsoft OneLake, users can sign up for the free trial—no credit card information required—at For more information, users can visit the Microsoft Fabric website at, the Fabric tech blog at, and follow the Microsoft Power BI Twitter account at If users have more questions, they can try asking the Power BI Community at community.powerbi.

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