Accessing Shared Data

Once you share your data, other people can connect to it as a network resource or map to it by using a driver letter on their computer. Once a network drive is mapped, other people can access it just as they would a local drive on their computer.

You can map a network drive to a shared file or folder by following these steps:

1. Click Start and then click Computer. In Windows Explorer, select Map Network Drive from the menu bar. This displays the Map Network Drive dialog box, shown in Figure 11-18.

2. Use the Drive field to select a free drive letter to use.

3. Click the Browse button to the right of the Folder field. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, expand the Network folders until you can select the name of the computer with which you want to work.

4. You'll see a list of shared folders. Select the shared folder you want to work with and click OK.

5. Select "Reconnect at logon" if you want Windows 7 to connect to the shared folder automatically at the start of each session.

Figure 11-18. Mapping a network drive

6. If your current logon doesn't have appropriate access permissions for the share, click the "Connect using different credentials" checkbox.

7. Click Finish. If you specified that you wanted to connect with different credentials enter the username and password of the account with which you want to connect to the shared folder. Select "Remember my credentials" to have Windows remember the credentials so that you don't need to provide them each time you connect. Click OK.

You can stop mapping a network drive to a shared file or folder by completing the following steps:

1. Click Start and then click Computer.

2. In Windows Explorer, under Network Location, right-click the network drive icon and choose Disconnect.

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