Ourfiles Windows Connection Shortcut

It is recommended to use shortcuts to Dartmouth file servers instead of creating mapped drives, which can pose a security risk.


  1. Copy the address of the server share or folder you want to shortcut by using the search in the Start menu.  In the search box, start to type to the top level name of the server you are accessing preceded by two slashes.  For example \\of_provost  Click enter.
  2. A window should open to the top level of the server.  You can then drill down the folders you have access to. When you see the folder you are trying to shortcut to, click into the address bar at the top of the window and this will reveal the location address of the folder. Right-click and copy.
  3. Next navigate to an empty space on your desktop and right-click.  Choose New>Shortcut.
  4. A Create shortcut wizard box will appear.  Paste in the location address then click the Next button at the bottom of the screen (do not click on the Browse...button on the right of the screen)
  5. Give the shortcut a new name or accept the default name given to the shortcut
  6. Click finish-the shortcut will now be visible on the desktop
  7. It is useful to also right-click on the newly created shortcut and choose Pin to Quick Access. This will place a connection to the shortcut in file explorer Quick Access.



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