WebDAV is a fairly popular way to collaborate with others. This is especially true when the said files are located on remote servers. Generally, the main use of WebDAV is remote editing and manipulation. However, if you want, you can also transfer files using WebDAV. If you want to, you can learn more about WebDAV from this page. Generally, to use WebDAV, you need to manually log into the remote server. However, you can also map a WebDAV drive in Windows 10 and add it to the file explorer like any other drive on your system. All you have to do is add WebDAV as a network location in Windows. Let me show you how.
To map WebDAV drive in Windows, you need first need to know the URL of the WebDAV service provider. Generally, the WebDAV URL should be listed in your WebDAV dashboard. If it is not, you can take a look at the WebDAV service docs or ask the service provider. Once you have the WebDAV URL, make sure that you also have the username and password ready.
Note: The below method works in Windows 7 and 8 too.
Map WebDAV Drive in Windows File Explorer
1. First, open the file explorer using the Win + I keyboard shortcut.
2. In the file explorer, click on the Computer tab and then click on the Map Network Drive.
3. The above action will open the Network Drive Mapper window. Since we want to map a WebDAV drive, click on the link “Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures” appearing at the bottom.
4. This action will open another wizard that allows you to map WebDAV drive in Windows. Click on the Next button to continue.
5. Here, select Choose a custom network location and click on the Next button.
6. Now, enter the WebDAV URL in the blank field and click on the Next button. As I said before, you can find the WebDAV URL from your service provider. In my case, since I want to add my Box cloud storage, I’m entering the Box WebDAV URL.
7. Windows will now prompt for the WebDAV user credentials. Type in the username, password, select the Remember my credentials check box and click on the Ok button.
8. Now, name the network drive. This is the name that appears in the File Explorer. In my case, I’m naming the network drive as “Box (WindowsLoop)”.
9. Finally, click on the Finish button to close the network location wizard.
10. As soon as you close the wizard, the mapped WebDAV drive should open automatically in the file explorer. If not, you can find the WebDAV drive under the Network Locations section in the file explorer.
11. Since you mapped the WebDAV drive in file explorer, you can use it like any other drive or folder in Windows. For instance, you can create new folders or files, modify existing ones, transfer files to and from, delete files and folders, etc. Simply put, any changes you make in the file explorer will reflect in your actual WebDAV drive.
12. If you ever want to, you can delete the mapped WebDAV drive from file explorer. To do that, right-click on the WebDAV drive and select the Delete option. This action will delete the mapped drive. Keep in mind that this action will not affect data in your actual WebDAV drive. It just deletes the network mapping.
That is all. It is that simple to add WebDAV drive as a network drive in Windows 10.
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