Sharing Your Data
6. If your current logon doesn’t have appropriate access permissions for the share,
click the “Different user name” link. In the Connect As dialog box, enter the
username and password of the account with which you want to connect to the
shared folder, and then click OK.
7. Click Finish.
You can stop mapping a network drive to a shared file or folder by completing the
1. Click Start and then click Computer.
2. In Windows Explorer, under Network Location, right-click the network drive
icon and choose Disconnect.
Accessing Shared Folders Ofﬂine
An offline folder is a shared folder designated for use offline. Offline folders provide
an easy way for you to use files on shared folders regardless of where you are. You
use offline folders as follows:
1. When you are using a laptop computer to access a shared folder over the net-
work, you might want to make the shared folder available for offline use.
2. You then designate the files that your computer should store so that you can use
them while disconnected from the network.
3. When you later connect to the network, your computer automatically synchro-
nizes any changes you make back to the shared folder.
As with just about every feature discussed in this book, it is important
to remember that your office administrators can enable and disable
offline folders. If they have disabled this or another feature, they prob-
ably did so for a good reason. Offline folders are sometimes disabled
to prevent problems with multiple users changing the same docu-
ments, or to protect potentially sensitive documents.
You can configure a shared folder so that it is available for offline use by completing
the following steps:
1. In Windows Explorer, right-click the folder you want to use offline and then
2. In the Properties dialog box, select the Sharing tab. The details on this tab indi-
cate whether the folder is shared already. The folder must be shared to config-
ure it for offline use.
3. Click Advanced Sharing.
4. In the Advanced Sharing dialog box, click Caching.