How to Map Network Drive in Windows 8 (For Quick Access)

Written by: Dogar Sahab - Published: Friday, February 3rd, 2012 - Comments

If you are frequently using network drives, you might want to know how to map a network drive properly.
How to Map Network Drive in Windows 8

Why Mapping Network Drive is Useful?

Either you are working in any production environment or you are using locally connected computers in your home network you always prefer to share your files with other computers in order to eliminate the requirement of manually copying the files to any external storage media and then transferring them to other computers. Same is the case when you want to copy the files which are stored on another computer to your computer. This means that even in this case you would prefer to access the files located on any remote computer through network shares.

The matter of fact is that it becomes quite hectic if every time you are supposed to enter the entire path of the network share in order to access files or folders stored on any remote computer. Microsoft understands this problem and therefore it provides you a feature named Network Drive Mapping which allows you to create a shortcut of any remotely shared folder to your local computer as a mapped network drive.

As a Windows 8 user if you want to map any remotely shared folder as a network drive to your local computer you are required to follow the steps below:

1 Logon to Windows 8 computer.
2 From the options available on the screen click on Desktop.
Click on Desktop Icon
3 On the desktop screen double-click on Computer icon.
4 On the opened window click on Map network drive button on the standard toolbar.
Click on Map Network Drive
5 On Map Network Drive box click on Browse button.
Click on Browse Button
6 Browse for and locate the shared folder on the remote computer that you want to map as network drive and click on Ok button when done.
Locate Shared Folder on Remote Computer
7 Once located, click on Finish button to map the remotely shared folder as a network drive to your local computer.
Click on Finish Button

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