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My Network Places in Vista?

Windows XP had a feature called "My Network Places" where I could enter a specific folder on our server and quickly navigate to that position.  So far in Vista, I cannot find a similar function.  I have to go to Network, then the first folder, then a subfolder, then another subfolder, then another subfolder, etc. until I finally get to the actual files.  And I have to do this every time.  Surely there is a better way? 
Steve Winograd
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IMHO, Microsoft was smart to remove "My Network Places" in Vista.  It never worked reliably in XP.

You can create a desktop shortcut to a shared folder:

1. Right-click an empty spot on the desktop.
2. Click New > Shortcut.
3. Specify the location of the item as "\\computer\share" or "\\computer\share\folder\...\folder"
4. Click Next.
5. Type a name for the shortcut.
6. Click Finish

You can create your own Vista version of My Network Places by keeping all such shortcuts in one folder on your desktop.
Steve Winograd
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This worked best for me.  I set up a new folder called "000 Network Shortcuts" in Documents so it is the first folder at the top of the list.  Then I created the shortcuts to the server locations as you described.  Now when I go to open a file, the program looks at Documents and I am two clicks away from where I need to be [1-000 Network Shortcuts; 2-Actual location].  Thanks for your help.
Mark L. Ferguson
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Open the Computer app on the start menu. Click the "Organize" down arrow on the menu, and point at "Layout" to be sure "Navigation Pane has a blue 'selected' surround. Once the navigation pane is showing, click the up arrow next to Folders at the bottom, and go to the folder you want, (Network/machinename/share name/subfolder/subfolder) Rightclick the subfolder and 'send to' to choose 'Desktop (as shortcut)'. Drop the shortcut on your start menu.
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Steve Winograd
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IMHO, Microsoft was smart to remove "My Network Places" in Vista.  It never worked reliably in XP.

You can create a desktop shortcut to a shared folder:

1. Right-click an empty spot on the desktop.
2. Click New > Shortcut.
3. Specify the location of the item as "\\computer\share" or "\\computer\share\folder\...\folder"
4. Click Next.
5. Type a name for the shortcut.
6. Click Finish

You can create your own Vista version of My Network Places by keeping all such shortcuts in one folder on your desktop.
Steve Winograd
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This worked best for me.  I set up a new folder called "000 Network Shortcuts" in Documents so it is the first folder at the top of the list.  Then I created the shortcuts to the server locations as you described.  Now when I go to open a file, the program looks at Documents and I am two clicks away from where I need to be [1-000 Network Shortcuts; 2-Actual location].  Thanks for your help.
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What about VPN accessed network. With XP My Network Places allowed me access to the drives at my Corp. Now, I have to use an old XP machine to access.

Do not know how to get it to work. I can ping the drives IP, but if I enter in IE like XP get HTTP 500 Internal Server error. God I hope Win7 will be better or I really have to look a MAC