Network Drive Buttons Missing from Windows Explorer Toolbar

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When you click one of the following items in the All Folders pane in the Windows Explorer window, the Map Network Drive and Disconnect Net Drive buttons disappear from the toolbar:
  • Control Panel
  • Dial-Up Networking
  • My Briefcase
  • Printers
  • Recycle Bin
  • Recycled


The toolbar in Windows Explorer is context sensitive. The buttons that appear on the toolbar depend on the object that is selected.


To map or disconnect a network drive, use either of the following methods:
  • Click a different item in the All Folders pane to restore the Map Network Drive and Disconnect Net Drive buttons.
  • Click Map Network Drive or Disconnect Network Drive on the Tools menu instead of clicking the Map Network Drive or Disconnect Net Drive button on the toolbar.

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The behavior described above does not occur in My Computer. When one of the objects listed above is selected in My Computer, the Map Network Drive and Disconnect Net Drive buttons are still displayed on the toolbar.

To cause the toolbar to be displayed in Windows Explorer or My Computer, click Toolbar on the View menu.
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Article ID: 150451 - Last Review: October 24, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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