How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to map network shares as a drive in Windows 11.

In a work environment, there might be shared network resources that most people frequently access. If you find yourself in the same situation, then mapping the shared network resource should be something to consider.

When you mapped a shared network resource, it is assigned a drive letter on your local computer. You can then easily access the shared location simply by going to your computer folder and clicking on the assigned drive letter to access the network location.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

For users who have worked in previous versions of Windows, mapping a network folder should be much different. Windows 11, with all the new features, mapping is still the same process as in previous versions.

To get started with mapping network drives in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to map a network location in Windows 11

As mentioned above, if you find yourself access a network location frequently, you can map that location to your local computer for quick and easy access.

In Windows, network resources are typically accessed via File Explorer. You open File Explorer and type the resource network path in the browser box, similar to the image below:


Some users will create shortcuts by copying and pasting the network folder on their desktop. This is not the way to do it.

A better way will be to create a network drive for the shared resource. To do that, open File Explorer, then click on the ellipsis (three dot) in the toolbar menu and click Map network drive as highlighted below:

When the pop windows opens, pick a drive letter from the list of available letters. By default the letter Z is automatically assigned if it has not been taken.

If you don’t want the letter Z, then you might want to consider using something high-up so that the mapped network drive won’t interfere with any removable storage you add to your PC.

In the Folder field, type the network resource path in there. You can also use the browse button to browse to the network location and select it.

If you need a separate password to access the network location, then check the box to Connect using different credentials. Only check this box if your current username and password won’t allow you to access the network location.

When you’re all done, click Finish.

When you’re done, a new network drive will be mapped to your local computer. Next time you want to access the Accounting folder, simply go to your local computer and click on the Z drive.

That should do it.

If you run into issues where you can’t access a shared folder, you might want to read the post below to enable Network Discovery and sharing in Windows 11.

Enable Network Discovery and Sharing in Windows 11 – Website for Students


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