How to Add Network Location on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to add or remove network location when using Windows 11 to create or remove shortcuts to network services. A network location is simply a shortcut to network services such as a website or FTP site.

Adding a network location or place allows you to access FTP, sFTP, Windows file shares, and some HTTP servers directly from File Explorer, without having to use an FTP client. Unlike mapped network drive, a network location has no drive or label attached, can point to either external or internal resources and easy to setup.

Network location is very useful for people connecting to sFTP or FTP servers. It allows them to simply connect from Windows File Explorer without the need for a FTP client.

The new Windows 11, when generally released to everyone will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Although Windows 11 is new, network location isn’t. In fact, it was first introduced in Windows XP.

To get started with adding or removing network locations in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to add network location in Windows 11

As mentioned above, network location is simply a shortcut to networked resources such as FTP, sFTP and other resources.

To create a network location in Windows 11, simply open File Explorer. There, right-click click on This PC and select Show more option.

windows 11 add network location updated

On the next context menu, select Add a network location as highlighted below.

windows 11 add a network location more options

A welcome page should appear. There click Next to begin adding a network location.

windows 11 welcome to network location wizard

Then, click on the folder that says Choose a custom network location. Then click Next to continue.

For this post, we’re going to be adding a sFTP host as our network location.

windows 11 select network location

Next, type in the network resource you want to add.

  • For FTP: ftp://example.com
  • For shares : \\sharedserver\resource
  • For websites: http://example.com
windows 11 internet network address network location

On next screen, choose Log on anonymously if the host allows for anonymous access. If not, type in the username provided to login.

windows 11 network location spefify username and password

Next, type in a name for the network location you’re adding.

windows 11 give name for network location

Finally, click Finish to complete the network location wizard.

windows 11 complete network location

After setting up the location, you’ll get a pop up to log on to the server. You may also be able to save the password. Type in the username and password and click the Log On button.

windows 11 network location log on as

After a successful log on, you should see the content of the sFTP host.

windows 11 ftp host logon network location

In File Explorer, a new folder under Network Location should appear with the name of the host you just added.

windows 11 network location mapped

The next time you wish to connect, simply open the folder and logon. You can use File Explorer to copy and move stuff from and to the sFTP host.

How to remove network location on Windows 11

If you change your mind about network location crated above, simply delete the location. Select the network location folder and click Delete from the toolbar menu. Or right-click on the location folder, select Show more options, then select Delete.

windows 11 delete network location

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to setup a network location in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your article. Very useful with W11 dialogues..
    It is not clear in your article how to differentially access FTP and SFTP. I believe this is achieved by using port 21 for FTP and 22 SFTP but windows doesn’t seen to provide you with a port choice. There is a warning on the LogOnAs dialogue box about entering using FTP but I cant see how you can be sure you’re using SFTP. Also what is sFTP?
    TQ Paul.

  2. This page claims to show how to connect to SFTP, but does not actually demonstrate an SFTP connection. FTP is not SFTP, it seems the author got those two confused.

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