Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive

When you create a shortcut to a shared folder or computer on a network (also called mapping a network drive), you can get to it from Computer or Windows Explorer without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.
  2. Click Map network drive.
    Picture of the Map Network Drive dialog box
    The Map Network Drive dialog box
  3. In the Drive list, click a drive letter.

    You can choose any available letter.

  4. In the Folder box, type the path of the folder or computer, or click Browse to find the folder or computer.

    To connect every time you log on to your computer, select the Reconnect at logon check box.

  5. Click Finish.

    Your computer is now connected, or mapped, to the network drive.

Note

  • If you can’t connect to a network drive or folder, the computer you’re trying to connect to might be turned off or you might not have the correct permissions. If you can’t connect, contact your network administrator.

You can also create shortcuts to Internet locations, such as websites or FTP sites. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.
  2. Right-click anywhere in the folder, and then click Add a network location.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to add a shortcut to a location on your network, a website, or an FTP site.
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