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This article describes how to use Universal Naming Convention (UNC) names with My Network Places to connect to network resources without mapping a drive or port.
You can access a file on a shared network resource when you type the location of the file in UNC format, or when you browse My Network Places.
To specify a file by using UNC format, use the following syntax:
\\Computer name\Share name\Path\File nameFor example, to open a file named Report.xls in the Current\Month folder on a share named Documents, on a computer named Sales, type the following:
\\Sales\Documents\Current\Month\Report.xlsYou can also use UNC names to connect to shared resources on NetWare servers. The NetWare syntax, Server/volume:folder, translates to the following UNC name:
\\server\volume\folder:To open a file by using its UNC name, follow these steps:
For more information about how to connect to another computer or a shared resource on another computer in Windows XP, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308416/ )How to create a shortcut to a network location in Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308887/ )How to search for a computer on the network in Windows XP
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308582/ )How to connect and disconnect a network drive in Windows XP