View three networked computers simultaneously in Windows Explorer

  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

    View three networked computers simultaneously in Windows Explorer

    I can "Shift" click Windows Explorer icon three times and view three separate Explorer windows and navigate to a specific folder on each networked PC. I would like to know if I can make a batch file or shortcut to do this with one click. Possible or not? I only discovered the shift click combo today after a lot of messing about. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. Even if there is some decent freeware that can do this.
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  2. Posts : 3,056
    Windows 10

    Welcome :) .

    If I understood you correctly you are opening three different windows of explorer and navigate each
    to a different network shared folder, correct?

    You can also navigate to a specific IP / comuter name on the network like so:

    Using the Run command.

    \\\Some Folder or \\Comuter Name\Some Folder

    So you can create a simple batch file which will serve as a type of shortcut.

    Using Notepad to create the batch.

    All I have to do is add start before the path I want to get to.

    start \\\Some Folder or start \\Comuter Name\Some Folder
    There is a space after the start command.

    Than saving that short command as a .bat instead if the default .txt .

    If you're having difficulties just post the paths you want to get to an I can write it up for you :) .
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks for that. I'll give it a try and get back to you.
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  4. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Cannot get batch file to work. I do need your help.
    Following is information you require.

    Computer Name - E8400
    IP Address
    Folder F:\My Apps

    Computer Name - ASUS-F5RL
    IP Address (Ethernet)
    IP Address (Wireless)
    Folder D:\Apps

    Computer Name - Lenovo-G570
    IP Address
    Folder D:\Apps

    And can I put an "if" statement in there so if I'm using wireless instead which is a different ip address I can still open it?
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  5. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    I did finally get it to work with this with one exception. The folder on the main computer throws an error.
    F:\My Apps is the computer from where I am running the batch file.
    start F:\My Apps (does not work) \E8400\F\My Apps doesn't work either
    start \\Asus-f5rl\d\Apps (works fine)
    start \\LENOVO-G570\Apps (works fine)
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  6. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Finally got it to work. Would not have achieved without your help. Thank you.
    Final result of batch file...
    @echo off
    start \\Asus-f5rl\d\Apps
    start \\LENOVO-G570\Apps
    Explorer F:\My Apps
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  7. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    bat to exe converter

    Don't know whether I can get into trouble for this but I found a great little program for converting bat files into an exe file.
    Here or do a search
    Advanced BAT to EXE Converter Free Download - Make EXE
    If not applicable to this section then maybe a mod can move it. I made an exe from previous batch file and it works great. I just now have to work out how to put the statements in the batch file to size my three explorer windows evenly across my screen.
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  8. Posts : 3,056
    Windows 10

    Great job :) !
    I am happy I could help.

    I don't really see the advantage of converting a .bat into .exe but maybe someone can enlighten me .
    Either way, enjoy your shortcuts :) .
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