Connecting to a Shared Folder

Shared folders provide users with a common storage area for working on or saving files. The shared folders can reside on a number of different computers or systems. This document explains how to connect to a shared folder.



  1. Log on to your Windows workstation
  2. If you have Windows 7:
    1. Click Start, then Computer
    1. Click Map Network Drive
  3. If you have Windows 8:
    1. Open your File Explorer
    2. Click the "Computer" Tab, then "Map Network Drive"

  4. Windows displays the following:
    map-network-drive.PNG
  5. In the Drive: drop-down list, you can select any available drive letter. 
  6. In the Folder: box enter the following:
    1. Substitute server-address with the server address given to you by IT support
    2. Substitute share-name with the share name given to you by IT support
    3. Be sure to add the \\ at the start of the folder name, and a single \ between the server and share name
  7. If you will use the mapped drive regularly, make sure the Reconnect at sign-in box is checked.  The mapped drive should then be available right away the next time you log into your workstation.
  8. In most cases, your Windows username and password will be enough to give you access to the shared folder.  You can leave the Connect using different credentials box unchecked.
  9. Click Finish.  If all is working Windows should display a box with the shared folder contents.  You can then access the shared folder contents from any application by using the drive letter selected above.





Keywords:shared folders map drive network   Doc ID:27981
Owner:John D.Group:School of Pharmacy
Created:2013-01-09 14:53 CSTUpdated:2014-03-19 07:44 CST
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