Using Windows File Explorer
Posted by Erin Bard on 27 April 2016 08:42 AM

This article will show you how to open and use Windows File Explorer. In previous versions of Windows (XP/Vista/7) this was simply called "Windows Explorer", but in the latest versions of Windows (8/10) it is now called "File Explorer". Either way, it is the same process.

Windows File Explorer can be used to access files on the local computer, or files stored on other college servers. This guide is focused on the latter.

1) Click on the Folder icon on your Task bar.

2) Click on the address bar.

3) Start typing the name of the server and folder you wish to access, in the form of "\\\share-name". You can optionally add a folder name too, for instance "\\\share-name\folder-name".

4) Let's look at a more concrete example and browse to Paul Revere's H: drive at "\\\employees\paul.revere".

When you are done typing in the address, simply press Enter or click on the button with the arrow pointing right.

5) Now you will be taken to the folder, assuming you have permissions to it, and can browse the content.


Mapping a Folder

Sometimes you want to access the same folder frequently, if so, you may wish to map it as a network drive (e.g. O: drive, H: drive, or any other letter). For instructions on how to do this, please see this article.


Common Paths

Some of the common server names and shares that you may want to use are:

O: drive


H: drive


Media content


Student or Academic content


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