Windows

Slideshow: Quick networking mapping with PushD and PopD

To disconnect, just select the icon and click OK

When you are done using the drive, you must then return to Windows Explorer, pull down the tools menu and then select the Disconnect network drive command. When you see the Disconnect Network Drive dialog box  just select the drive icon and click OK.

As you can see using Windows Explorer's network drive mapping feature really isn't that complex but it does require a multitude of steps. This is especially apparent when you see how quickly the same operation can be performed using the PushD/PopD commands.

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5 comments
dhamilt01
dhamilt01

I have multiple computers (XP, Vista, Windows 7) on my home network all in the identical workgroup. Once a shared folder is accessed on any computer on the computer I'm working on, it shows up under Network in Windows Explorer. If the computer the shared folder is on is then turned off, the share is still shown under Network. Clicking on that shared folder while that computer is turned off gets you an error. If all the computers are turned off and next day one computer is turned on, all those shared folders on the other turned off computers show up again under Network. When I turn on a computer, I do not want to see those shared folders UNTIL I access one. Causes confusion and clutter. Other than manually deleteing the visible shares or hacking the registry, is there any way to prevent shares showing up until accessed? Thanks.

ihfwt
ihfwt

I prefer F7 or the Up and Down arrow keys to cycle through command history.

bpate
bpate

Is it just me or doesn't anyone use the net use command still?

davep.l
davep.l

Keep talking like that and MS will drop it!!