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Windows 7 - How to Find the IP Address of a Computer

IP stands for "Internet Protocol." Your IP address is what identifies your computer on the Internet or on a local area network (LAN). IP addresses are always in the same format, divided into four parts with each one containing a number from 0 to 255. The IP address does not carry any personal information, although it does reveal your approximate location such as the city or country you are in. This is exactly how Google, for example, knows which version of its website to display depending on the country you are in. You may need to find out what IP address your computers uses to connect to the Internet if you wish to allow other people to connect to your computer or you need to solve any problems with your network or Internet connection.

You'll first need to open the Network and Sharing Center. You can find this under the "Network and Internet" section of the control panel. To access the control panel, open the start menu and click "Control Panel" in the right-hand side.

In the right-hand side of the Network and Sharing Center, you'll see a list of current connections. Usually, there will only be one. If, for example, you're connected wirelessly, you'll see "Wireless Network Connection" followed by the name of your network. Click on the active connection to bring up the Network Connection Status. Click the "Details" button. In the list of network connection details, you'll see "IPv4 Address." This address is the one which identifies your computer on the Internet.


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