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How To Map A Network Drive On Windows, Linux, And Mac OS? Best Way

Sometimes, people want to create a shortcut of a folder shared on your network in your drive. Maybe, to access it easily. If you also want to know how to map a network drive on Windows or Mac then you are at the right place. The below steps will tell you how to do this. You can also check the official Microsoft article on mapping a network drive.

Map A Network Drive On Windows

Step 1

Open Windows File Explorer.

Step 2

Select Computer Tab from the top left corner. Select Map Network Drive.

Map A Network Drive

Step 3

Enter the location of the Folder to which you would like to map. You can also browse the Folder by pressing Browse… button.

Map A Network Drive

Step 4

If you want your computer to connect every-time you log on then select Reconnect at sign-in check box.

Step 5

Now, Select Finish. It’s done.

Well done! we have mapped the network drive on windows. Now let’s check how to do it on Mac OS.

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Map A Network Drive On Mac OS

Step 1

Hit Command + K to bring up Connect to Server in Finder. You can also Select Go and then Connect to Server.

Step 2

Enter the location of the network drive (e.g. smb://192.168.1.2/shared/Docs) and Select Connect.

Step 3

Enter your credentials then Select OK to mount the network drive. It’s done.

(Note: You can now access the drive from your desktop or from Finder sidebar.)

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That’s great, we have mapped the network drive on Window and Mac OS. Now let’s check how to do it on Linux.

Map Network Drive On Linux

Step 1

From the Applications menu, open the Nautilus graphical file browser then press Enter. 

Step 2

Select the Go menu, then Select Enter Location…

Step 3

Enter the location of the network drive (e.g. smb://192.168.1.2/shared/Docs) and Press Enter.

Step 4

Enter your credentials in the popup box and then press Enter.

That’s it! We learned how to map a network drive on three different OS. If you have any question then ask in the comment section below.

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Fahad Asghar

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