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How to find out your IP address on Windows

Retrieve your IP address quickly and easily

Here's our guide on how to find out your PC or laptop's IP address in Windows.

Your IP address is a vital and very useful piece of information about your Windows PC. It's not obvious how to find out what it is but luckily it's very easy. Follow this step by step guide to discover what your IP address is.

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We've written this guide using Windows 8 but don't worry if you're using Windows 7 or a previous version, we've included some notes so you get can the job done too.

Find out your Windows PC's IP address

Step One

Open the Charms Bar by moving your mouse to the right hand edge of the screen or swiping in from the right if you have a touchscreen.

Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Step Two

Click the Search option in the Charms Bar.

Windows 8 charms bar Search

Step Three

Search for 'command prompt' in the search box or find the app under the Windows System section. Once you've found it click on it.

Note: Windows 7 and previous users can run the command prompt from the Start Menu. Either click through All Programs, Accessories, and Command Prompt or click Run, enter 'cmd' and click OK.

Windows 8 apps

Step Four

Now whatever version of Windows you're running, you've opened a command prompt. All you need to do now is type 'ipconfig' and hit enter. A list of settings will appear including your IP address.

Windows command prompt

IP config

Step Five (optional)

If you require extra details such as your physical address (aka MAC address), then type 'ipconfig/all' into the command prompt and hit enter.

MAC address

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