In Windows 7, the Map network drive command appears on the Command Bar.
Have you ever needed to temporarily map a drive letter to a network location for a quick file operation while you are working from a command prompt? Of course, you can switch over to Windows Explorer and use the Map Network Drive command. While that is a viable solution, it requires multiple steps to create and then you have to perform several more steps to disconnect the network drive. This can be a pain - especially when you're working from a Command Prompt. Fortunately, you can use a pair of often overlooked Command Line tools still available in Microsoft Windows 7, PushD and PopD, to quickly map network drives.
In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how to PushD and PopD for temporary drive mapping. As I do, I'll explain how these two old DOS utilities work.
The Map Network Drive command
Just for the sake of comparison, let's begin by taking a look at all the steps involved in temporarily mapping a network drive in Windows Explorer. When you need to map a network drive from within Windows Explorer you can pull down the Tools menu and select the Map network drive command. If you are running Windows 7 with its context sensitive Command Bar, when you open Computer, the Map network drive command appears on the Command Bar.
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