How to Map a Network Drive on Windows 11?

Although Windows 11 allows you to share a folder with someone else in your network, you can map it to a drive letter in File Explorer if you want to share a folder more professionally. After that, it will appear like a local drive, and you or someone else in your network can quickly access it in the future.

How to Map a Network Drive on Windows 11?

To map a network drive on Windows 11 in your network, do the following process:-

Step 1. First, open File Explorer by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard by clicking on its icon at the taskbar. Alternatively, right-click the Start button and select File Explorer.

Step 2. When File Explorer opens, click This PC from the left sidebar.

Step 3. In the “This PC” window, select the ellipses button (three dots) in the toolbar and then click Map Network Drive in the menu that appears.

 

Step 4. After that, in the “Map network drive” window, select any free letter from the drop-down menu of “Drive” and then beside the “Folder,” enter the full address of the shared folder/drive. When you’re done, click the Finish button.

If you don’t remember the shared folder path on your local network, click the Browse button and select from the available shared folder. Next, according to your needs, you can check or uncheck the option “Reconnect at sign-in.” If you choose the option “Reconnect at sign-in,” when you start your PC, it will automatically reconnect to these resources, which means you don’t have to repeat the steps.

Step 5. After that, Windows 11 will attempt to connect to the network drive, and you’ll see a “Windows Security” window. Enter the user name and password required to access the folder/drive. Further, if you want Windows always to remember this user name and password for the shared resources, check the checkbox Remember my credentials. Finally, click the OK button.

After completing the above steps, Windows 11 will connect to the drive and map it to the drive letter you selected. To access this folder in the future, open File Explorer at “This PC” to see the mapped drive listed under “Network locations.”

How to Disconnect a Mapped Network Drive in Windows 11?

Due to some reason, you don’t need to access the shared folder or access is removed by the administrator of that folder/drive, and you want to disconnect a mapped network drive, do the following:-

Step 1. First, open File Explorer.

Step 2. When File Explorer opens, click This PC from the left sidebar.

Step 3. In the “This PC” window, select the ellipses button (three dots) in the toolbar and then click Disconnect network drive in the menu that appears.

Step 4. In the “Disconnect Network Drive” window that appears, select the shared drive and click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

Alternately, locate the mapped drive in the “This PC” window and then right-click it. Select Show more options in the first menu that appears.

After that, a classic menu will appear. Select Disconnect in that menu.

That’s it! Now mapped drive is removed, and Windows will forget the password and path both. After that, it will not appear anymore in “This PC.” If you want to map that drive/folder again, you need to repeat the steps.

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