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Chapter 18. Using Your Network > Mapping Shares to Drive Letters

18.7. Mapping Shares to Drive Letters

If the networking bug has really bitten you, you may want to consider the advanced technique called mapping shares. Using this trick, you can assign a letter to a particular shared disk or folder on the network. Just as your hard drive is called C: and your floppy drive is A:, you can give your Family Stuff folder the letter F: and the Jaz drive in the kitchen the letter J:.

Doing so confers two benefits. First, these disks and folders now appear directly in the My Computer window, where getting to them can be faster than navigating to the My Network Places window. Second, when you choose File→Open from within a program, you'll be able to jump directly to a particular shared folder instead of having to double-click, ever deeper, through the icons in the Open File dialog box.


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