How to Map a Network Drive on Windows 11?

Windows 11 lets you share a folder with everyone in your network. If you want to share a folder more professionally, you should map it to a drive letter in File Explorer. When you’re done, it will appear just like a local drive, and you or someone else in your network can quickly access it in the future.

To make this work, first, you’ll need to enable “Network discovery” on your Windows 11 PC. In this growupwindows post, you will learn to turn on Network discovery, map a network drive, and disconnect a network drive from your computer.

How to Enable Network Discovery on Windows 11?

To turn on the network discovery on your Windows 11 PC, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Select Network & internet on the left pane.

Step 3. Click Advanced network settings option on the right-side pane.

Step 4. Click Advanced sharing settings tile under “More settings” section.

Step 5. Expand your Private or Public profile according to your requirements. Turn On the Network discovery toggle switch and check the checkbox “Set up network connected devices automatically.”

Once you complete the above steps, network discovery is enabled on your Windows 11 PC.

How to Map a Network Drive on Windows 11?

To map a network drive on Windows 11 in your network, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

To do that, use the Windows + E keyboard shortcut or click 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 on 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 drop-down menu.

Step 4. In the “Map Network Drive” dialog, select any free letter from the drop-down menu of “Drive,” and then beside the “Folder” option, enter the full address of the shared folder/drive. Once done, click the Finish button.

If you don’t remember the shared folder path on your local network, click the Browse button and select an available shared folder. Optionally, check or uncheck the option “Reconnect at sign-in” according to your needs. If you select 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. Windows 11 will now attempt to connect to the network drive, and you’ll see a “Windows Security” dialog. Enter the user name and password required to access the folder/drive. Further, if you want Windows to always remember this user name and password for the shared resources, check the checkbox Remember my credentials. At last, click the OK button.

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

How to Disconnect a Mapped Network Drive in Windows 11?

Due to some reason, you don’t want 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, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Select This PC in the left sidebar.

Step 3. Click the ellipses button (three dots) in the toolbar and select Disconnect network drive in the drop-down menu.

Step 4. In the “Disconnect Network Drive” dialog, 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, right-click it and choose the Show more options option in the menu.

When you’re done, a classic menu will appear. Here, click Disconnect in the menu.

That’s it!

The mapped drive will now be removed, and your Windows 11 PC will forget the password and path. That means it will no longer appear in “This PC.” If you want to map that drive/folder again, you must repeat the steps.

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