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Mapping a Network Drive in Windows 8

This tutorial is intended to provide users another method to connect to QShare.  Collaboration Tools, including Versioning, Logging and Subscriptions may not be reliable when QShare is accessed via a mapped drive.  If these are important to you, please use the web interface or speak to your department QShare Administrator to obtain Xythos Drive, which is available to group account members.

When a Drive is mapped it will be accessible from the This PC screen in the Network locations.  You will be able to browse through the networked drive and open files.  When using a program such a MS Word you will be able to browse the mapped location the same way you can browse your hard drive.  You will be able to save files directly to the mapped drive.


  1. On the Windows 8 Start screen display all the apps on your computer 
    • Click the down arrow at the bottom of the screen 

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  2. Your apps will be displayed with small icons
    • Click the File Explorer icon

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  3. The This PC screen will open
    • From the tabs at the top of the screen click the Computer tab

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  4. The Computer toolbar will be displayed
    • Click the Map network drive icon to open the menu
    • Select Map network drive

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  5. The Map Network Drive screen will open asking what network folder you would like to map 
    • From the Drive: drop down menu select the letter you would like to associate the drive with
    • Any drives letters that are already taken will show the description of the drive
    • In the Folder: dialogue box enter https://qshare.queensu.ca/Users01/your_netid
    • If you would like the drive to be reconnected each time you log into your computer, check the box beside Reconnect at sign-in
    • Click the Finish button

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  6. The Attempting to connect to screen will open 
    • The drive you are trying to connect to will be displayed

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  7. The Windows Security screen will open 
    • Your NetID will be pre-filled displayed. 
    • Enter your NetID password
    • Click the OK button

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  8. The This PC screen will re-open
    • The drive you mapped will now be displayed in the Network Locations area and is ready to use

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  9. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 to map your Departments QShare account 
    • From the Drive: drop down menu select another drive letter
    • In the Folder: dialogue box enter https://qshare.queensu.ca/Groups/your-department   (this is case sensitive.  Use uppercase characters where shown)
    • If you want to reconnect to this drive every time your computer starts check the box beside Reconnect at sign-in
    • Click the Finish button

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  10. When you shut your computer down each day the mapped drives will be shut down automatically.  You can manually disconnect the drive at any time.  
    • To disconnect the mapped drive re-open the File Explorer
    • Right mouse click on the drive you want to disconnect
    • From the drop down menu select Disconnect 

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