This article describes how to use the NET VIEW command to view a list of
computer or network resources. The NET VIEW command displays a list of
computers in the specified workgroup, or shared resources available on
the specified computer.
To use the NET VIEW command, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt.
- At the command prompt, type
net view \\<computername>
where <computername> is the name of a specific computer whose resources
you want to view.
net view /workgroup:<workgroupname>
where <workgroupname> is the name of the workgroup whose shared
resources you want to view.
You can use the NET VIEW command to perform most of the browsing functions
available in Network Neighborhood or My Computer, except that you cannot
view a list of workgroups.
If you use the NET VIEW command without command-line parameters, or with
the /WORKGROUP switch, you see a list of computers with computer names in
the left column and remarks in the right column. If you use the Microsoft
Client for NetWare Networks in addition to the Microsoft Client for
Microsoft Networks, you also see a list of NetWare (NCP) servers under
If you use the NET VIEW command with a computer name, you see a list of
available resources on that computer. If you use the Microsoft Client for
Microsoft Networks and the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks, the
computer name can be the name of an SMB (Microsoft) or an NCP (NetWare)
If you use the NET VIEW command with the name of your own computer, you
see a list of shared resources on your computer.
If you use the NET USE command, you see the status of network connections,
the local name of connections (the mapped drive letters), and the remote
names of connections (the UNC server locations).