How to View all network shared folders – Windows 11

On Windows 11, users may access shared files in one of five ways: by browsing to the network location, specifying the network path, mounting the shared folder as a disk in File Explorer, using the computer management or using command prompt.

This post will walk you through the process of accessing a network shared folder on Windows 11.

File Explorer

Press Windows + E on your keyboard.

Click on Network on the left pane and double-click the computer containing the shared folder.

Sign into the account that will grant you access and the files in the folder will be accessible.

Typically, account information refers to the login credentials for users exchanging files on a computer.

If both devices are signed into the same account, you may sign in using your account details. Additionally, if the shared folder is set to be anonymous, you will not be required to provide a user name and password to view the contents.

Network Path

Press Windows + R to open the run command.

Copy and paste the following and press OK.


Sign into the account that has been granted access, and the folder’s files will become available.

Mount Point

Open File Explorer.

Click This PC from the left pane.

From the Menu options found at the top, select Map network drive.

Copy and paste the following path


Remember to replace the “COMPUTER-NAME-IP” with the name or IP address of the remote computer hosting the shared folder.

Select Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials (if applicable).

Click on the Finish button.

Sign into the account that has been granted access, and the folder’s files will become available.

Computer Management

Press Windows + X on your keyboard.

Select Computer Management.

Click on System Tools and select Shared Folders then Shares.

On the right pane, you will see all the shared folders. It will also show the Folder Path, Description and Client Connection.

Additionally, you may see which machines are currently connected to the network by choosing Sessions from the left pane.

Finally, if you wish to see which files are being utilized by network users, click “Open Files.”

Command Prompt

Search cmd on your Windows Search bar to open Command Prompt.

Type net share to view the information of shared folders.

You may see all the required information about the files/folders shared with other users, as well as their destination and any additional comments.


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