Mapping drive (Windows 8)

Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive

When you create a shortcut to a shared folder or PC on a network (also called mapping a network drive), you can get to it from Computer or File Explorer without having to look for it or enter its network address each time.

To create a shortcut to a network drive

  1. Open Computer by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Computer in the search box, tapping or clicking Apps, and then tapping or clicking Computer.

  2. In the Menu bar, tap or click Computer, and then tap or click Map network drive.

  3. In the Drive list, tap or click a drive letter.

    You can choose any available letter.

  4. In the Folder box, enter the path of the folder or computer, or tap or click Browse to find the folder or computer.

    To connect every time you sign in to your computer, select the Reconnect at sign-in check box.

  5. Tap or click Finish.


  • If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, the PC you're trying to connect to might be turned off or you might not have the correct permissions. If you can't connect, contact your network administrator.