02-Feb-2011 Update: Scroll to the bottom of this message to see the answer I got.
My work laptop was just upgraded and I’m now running Windows 7. One of the things I do is paste links to sub-directories on our shared network drives. I prefer sending links to a file stored on a shared drive rather than sending the file itself, particularly when the file is large.
I can get Windows Explorer to display a full path by clicking to the right of the bread crumbs path near the top of the Windows Explorer screen. Windows Explorer looks like this when you first open it and navigate to a drive:
When you click in the blank space to the right of this display – to the right of Personal in the example above, the display changes to show the path, like this:
I realize this example is using the C: drive, but if it were a mapped network drive, it would still just show the drive letter. How can I get it to display the UNC path? For example, if I mapped H: to \\ENG01\Team\Alpha and navigated in Windows Explorer to H:\Production\Engineering, how can I get that display to show \\ENG01\Team\Alpha\Production\Engineering?
It doesn’t have to be in Windows Explorer, but I’d like a solution that lets me display the UNC path to a sub-directory on a shared drive and copy it so I can paste it into links I send out by email.
I posted this questions in a Windows 7 forum on the Microsoft site as well. Any tips or suggestions would be most appreciated.
02-Feb-2011 Update: Someone named Shawn Keene provide a solution to this in the Windows 7 Forum on the Microsoft website. It is in a feature called Network Place.
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Right-click on the Computer entry in the left pane and select “Add a network location”. Click next.
- Select the “Choose a custom network location” option (it was the only one presented to me) and click Next.
- Type in the UNC path desired and click Next twice.
This adds an entry that shows up in left pane of Windows Explorer below the mapped drives, but it works just like a mapped drive and shows up that way in the Save dialog of applications. In Windows Explorer, navigate through that entry to the desired sub-directory and click in the blank area to the right of the bread crumbs path display in the top of the Windows Explorer screen and the UNC path appears and is highlighted. WOO-HOO! Thank you, Shawn!