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Start Menu Folder for Frequently Accessed Network Drives 

Connecting a network drive in File Explorer can be a hassle if you do it often enough. Keeping a large number of network drives connected can clutter up Explorer and may contribute to resource usage (no proof of the latter). 

To get around this, I've added a Network Drives folder to the Windows Start Menu folder. Within it, I add Explorer icons for each network drive/share I often access. 

Copy an explorer icon and modify the target on the shortcut tab of properties to read: C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e, /root, \\AAA\BBB Where AAA = Server and BBB = Share 

Once created, using Explorer -- viewing the Network Drive directory in the Windows Start Menu -- click on this new icon and change the name to something of your choice, such as Documentation. 

To use, click the Start button, then Network Drives in the pop-up from Start, then click the network drive (Documentation) you want to access. A separate Explorer window will open showing that server/share. 

Note that you can optionally extend this to show only a certain directory within the share, e.g. \\AAA\BBB\directory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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