Windows 7 Tutorial

Access shared drives, folders, or files on your local network in Windows 7

The sole purpose of sharing files and folders over your local network in Windows 7 is to allow users to view (and possibly edit) these files from another computer on the network. In this tutorial, we will show you three quick ways to access a shared drive or shared folder in Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP (works in all three versions of Windows, and all editions) : browsing the local network to find shared content, directly locating (possibly waking up) computers on the network, and by adding a network location to your favorite places in Windows Explorer.


View the content of a shared drive / folder on the local network

Follow these steps to access shared folders and network drives:

Tip: to quickly access locations on your local network, you can drag the shared drive or computer name from the right (in Windows Explorer) and drop it on the left, under the "Favorite" places and folders. This is how easily you can access files in external network drives, shared folders, and other resources on your local network.

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