Mapping a Network Drive

by Barry Dysert
(last updated July 18, 2016)

It's easy to associate an unused drive letter with a network drive, so you can have access to up to 26 drives by using the letters A through Z. Probably the simplest way to map a network drive is through Windows Explorer. Launch Windows Explorer and, from its menu, select Tools | Map Network Drive. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Mapping a network drive in Windows 7.

In Windows 8 and Windows 10 you can accomplish the same thing by launching a File Explorer window, clicking This PC in the navigation pane, and then clicking the Map Network Drive tool in the Network group of the ribbon. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Mapping a network drive in Windows 8 and 10.

Windows displays the Map Network Drive dialog box. In this dialog box you can specify a drive letter you want used for the network drive and the folder on the network that you want associated with that drive letter. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. The Map Network Drive dialog box.

Note that you have the option to have this mapping remembered (reconnected) each time you log in to your system. To accommodate different security environments, you can also click the "Connect using different credentials" checkbox. If you do check this checkbox, you'll be prompted to enter a username and password to be used for the connection.

Once you have the settings for the mapping configured the way you want, click the Finish button. You now have the specified drive letter associated with the given folder and you can immediately start to use it.

 This tip (11898) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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