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Mapping a Network Drive
After two or more computers have been configured it is possible for one computer to find and access the resources of the other one. This is done by browsing Network Neighborhood to find the shared resources.

  1. Double-click on the desktop Network Neighborhood icon.
  2. Double-click on the computer icon.
    1. If the computer you wish to access is not in the window, double-click on the Entire Network icon.
    2. If the computer is not in the Entire Network window, it may be necessary to double-click on the workgroup icon (this looks like a pyramid of PCs).
  3. Any devices/files/folders shared by this computer will appear as yellow folders in the window.
  4. Right-click on the share.
    1. Or select the share, then click on the File menu and choose the "Map Network Drive" option.
  5. A pop-up menu will appear. Select the "Map Network Drive" option.
  6. Use the drop-down list to select a letter to assign to this mapping.
    1. If desired place a check in the "Reconnect at logon" box. This means that every time the computer turn on it will attempt to reach across the network and establish a communication channel with the share.

Close all open windows. The mapping process is complete. This computer has now established a communication channel to access information from another computer.

The process of connecting to a shared printer is similar.

A workgroup is a group of computers. It is (or should be) made up of computers that are likely to share files and devices.

When Network Neighborhood opens every computer in your workgroup appears in the window. You must browse the network, by double-clicking on Entire Network, to navigate into other workgroups.