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Network Folder Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "Network" Folder Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
24 Dec 2009
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How to Create a "Network" Folder Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create or download a Network Folder shortcut that opens the Network folder.

Note   Note
The Network folder provides handy access to the computers and devices on your network. From there, you can see the contents of network computers and find shared files and folders. You can also view and install network devices, such as printers.

The Network folder is also available from the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer.

EXAMPLE: Network folder
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-network_folder_example.jpg





Network Folder Shortcut - Create OPTION ONE Network Folder Shortcut - Create
To Download the "Network" folder Shortcut
1. Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Network_Folder.zip
download
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Network folder shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Network folder shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-unblock.jpg
5. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.





Network Folder Shortcut - Create OPTION TWO Network Folder Shortcut - Create
To Manually Create the "Network" folder Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-step1.jpg
3. Type Network folder for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-step2.jpg
4. Right click on the new Network folder shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-step3.jpg
6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste in the location below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\imageres.dll
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-step4.jpg
7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
Network Folder Shortcut - Create-step5.jpg
9. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn





01 Mar 2010   #1
jtholmes

Windows 7
 
 
Great Post

I was able to follow this post to create the Network Folder Shortcut

However, not being a Windows person I wondered where you got this string from
C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Thanks



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01 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Hello JT, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The long number is the GUID number for the Network Folder in the registry CLSID key with the explorer command to open it.
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12 Mar 2010   #3
electriclott

windows 7 home premium
 
 
worked perfect

Thanks for that download...it worked perfect. I was finally able to pin my network folder to my taskbar.
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12 Mar 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

You're most welcome Electriclott.
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08 Jun 2012   #5
jma2400

XP Media Center/Vista Business/Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
Re: Shortcuts to e.g. Control Panel

Better safe...
Use then environment variable, %WINDIR%, instead of hard-coding
'[DRIVE:][Windows] etc.

Not all users/installations have C: as boot drive!

-> %WINDIR%\explorer.exe /e,::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Sincerely,
Jens
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08 Jun 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10122
 
 

Yep.
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17 Oct 2014   #7
Nostromov

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Heh, wanted to add additional info - but, it had already been thought of; just under, Related Tutorials, "How to Create a Add Network Location Shortcut in Windows 7".

As usual, sevenforums.com/ has it all covered. xD

P.S.
4 anyone (too) lazy 2 click:





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17 Oct 2014   #8
Nostromov

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh, btw., in the tutorial above: "Step3.jpg" is, actually, 95.2 KB (97,524 bytes), while this can be accomplished - as .PNG - somewhere close to 31.8 KB (32,604 bytes) && with *much* crispier image quality!..

*like, teh 2014-10-17_23-17-07.png

(While its .GIF would lead @ 15.9 KB (16,314 bytes) & also being transparent)

Edit: IDK, maybe something worth a look - considering the overall bandwidth; & more importantly, the EYES?

(Hihi)
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