Many times, we come across such a situation in which multiple users want to access a file or a folder that is placed on a server or a network. However, at times, some of us find it difficult to do it because of several reasons. The network might be incapable of handling a heavy traffic or the file that you want to access could have been corrupted because of mishandling. In all these situations, you need to have a direct access to any shared file or folder on a drive so that network related issues could not cause any hindrance in your work. In computer science terminology, this process is known as mapping a network drive. In this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can map a network drive in Windows 10.

Mapping a Network Drive in Windows 10

In order to map a network drive in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the two methods listed below:

Method # 1: Using File Explorer

In this method, we will tell you how you can map a network drive using the File Explorer in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type file explorer in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result in order to launch the file explorer window. The newly opened File Explorer window is shown in the following image:

Windows File Explorer

Click on This PC as highlighted in the image shown above.

Open This PC

Now click on the Computer tab.

On the Computer ribbon, click on the Map network drive icon as highlighted in the image shown below:

Map network drive

Now click on Map network drive option from the dropdown list as shown in the following image:

Click on Map network Drive Option

As soon as you will click on it, the Map Network Drive window will appear on the screen as shown in the image below:

Drive Mapping Dialog

Select the Network Drive from the Drive dropdown list and then browse through your computer system in order to search for the folder that you want to map. After selecting the desired folder, click on the OK button.

Finally, click on the Finish button.

Method # 2: Map Network Drive via Command Line

In this method, we will tell you how you can map a network drive using the Command Prompt in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type cmd in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Command Prompt. The newly opened Command Prompt window is shown in the following image:

Open Windows Command Prompt

Now type the command

net use Drive \\Folder\File

on your Command Prompt and then press enter in order to map a network drive through Command Prompt in Windows 10. Replace Drive, Folder and File in this command with the Filename, Folder name, and the Drive letter that you want to map. This command is highlighted in the image shown below:

Map drive with net command

Conclusion

By following any of the two methods listed in this article, you can easily map a network drive in Windows 10 and doing this will create a shortcut of that network drive on your computer system. After that, you can easily access that network drive any time you want just like any other drive on your computer system.

How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 10
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