How to Map a Network Folder in Windows 7
By Stephen Bucaro
If you regularly access files stored on a network share, you can make that folder
easier to navigate to by maping it to a letter so that it appears in Windows Explorer
on your computer. To map a network folder to your local drive, the network folder
must be shared and you must have network permission to access it on your computer.
To map a network share:
1. In the Start menu, choose Computer. This will open the
Computer window displaying all of your drives.
2. In the Computer window, click the "Map network drive" link on the
toolbar to open the Map Network Drive dialog box.
3. In the Map Network Drive dialog box, in the Drive drop-down list,
select an unused drive letter for the network share. In the Folder text box,
click on the [Browse] button and locate the shared network folder, or enter the
network share's pathname. Then click on the [OK] button.
If you're not an administrator, you may need to provide login information. Check with
your network administrator if you don't know the username and password. Check the
box labeled "Connect using different credentials" and enter the login information.
4. Check the "Reconnect at Logon" check box to tell Windows to map to this
network folder every time you start the computer.
• If you check "Reconnect at Logon", the computer with the shared
folder must start up before the computer with the mapped share or you'll get an error
message that the connection is not available.
5. Click on the [Finish] button.
Now you will be able to access the shared network drive and open it in Windows
Explorer. The shared folder will also appear in the Open dialog boxe's Navigation
pane of most programs.
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