How do I map a network drive to a shared folder?

You can map a network drive on a Windows computer to a shared folder on a server for easy access. See the related question How do I create a shortcut to a shared folder? for an alternate method. One difference between a shortcut and a mapped drive is that the mapped drive is always displayed under Computer. A shortcut is more flexible in that it can be placed on the desktop or just about anywhere you can place a file or folder.

For this example, assume that you want to access the Banner 8 documents folder on the server named “zeta”. The full path to the shared folder is

\\zeta\Office Docs\Banner 8 Docs

1. Go to the Start menu and click Computer.
2. At the top middle, click “Map network drive”.
3. Select a drive letter from the drop-down box. Avoid letters toward the end of the alphabet, such as X, Y and Z, because they are used for standard drives. Avoid letters at the beginning of the alphabet, because they are used by the operating system (e.g., the C: drive). This examples uses O:. Enter “\\zeta” in the Folder box and click the “Browse…” button.
4. Click the triangle to the left of zeta to expand it. Scroll down to the Office Docs folder.
5. Expand the Office Docs folder. Click the Banner 8 Docs folder to select it. Click OK.
6. The full path to the folder will appear in the Folder box. Check the box to the left of “Reconnect at logon” so that the mapped drive will automatically be set up when you login. Click Finish. The folder will then open.
7. If you go to the Start menu and click Computer, you will now see the mapped drive displayed under the Network Location section. You can double click the drive to open it.

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