Open Windows 2000 Professional network folders quickly

Getting quick access to network folders is handy whether you use those folders seldom or all the time. Here are a couple of ready options that will work more quickly than browsing through My Network Places in Windows 2000 Professional.

Getting quick access to network folders in Windows 2000 Professional is handy whether you use those folders rarely or all the time. Browsing through My Network Places each time you need to use a folder certainly works, but it can be slow and time-consuming, particularly if there are many files on the server. If you're looking for an easier way, you have a couple of ready options.

Follow these steps to map a local drive letter to the remote share:

  1. Right-click My Network Places.
  2. Choose Map Network Drive.
  3. Select a drive letter and specify the UNC path to the share.

The UNC name takes the form \\server\share, where server is the name of the computer and share is the name by which the folder is shared.

In some cases you probably don't want to go through the hassle of mapping a drive. Follow these steps instead:

  1. Browse the network to find the folder.
  2. Right-click and drag the folder to your desktop and create a shortcut to it. It will be readily accessible any time you need it.

Or, if you're opening a document from the network, follow these steps:

  1. Go to File | Open.
  2. Specify the UNC path to the document, such as \\server\docs\report.doc.

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1. select the WINDOW key on the lower left of your keyboard and while holding select 'R' for run 2. when the run box opens, select the UNC ex. \\server\share It's very fast, and I don't map a drive.


I believe that mapping a folder or drive uses resources to maintain the map. It also slows down boot up and shut down time. I prefer to create a simple shortcut on my desktop.


Hi, Also, I use the Explore From Here power tool almost exclusively. It only opens from the shortcut down rather then the whole name space tree. Also, if you are repeatedly copying the same files a .bat file to do the copy is more efficient/faster than using explorer to do the copy, which is very noticeable when going over the network, particularly over a VPN/WAN link.


Robocopy is even more efficient than the copy command, plus offers switches to allow for directory mirroring/replication. I use it frequently, and with great success.


What if the share you need to connect to requires authentication from another Domain that does not have a Trust with your domain or is a standalone machine with no domain attached to it?

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