How to connect to WiFi on Windows 10

Important!

Text in square brackets [] are there to label actions you need to take.
Text in parentheses () is information in the images here that is different from how it will appear on your computer.
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Find the network icon at the bottom right of your screen.

(In the image above it is highlighted in a green cricle. Normally that green circle will not be there)

[Select the network icon]

Find the name of the wireless network you need to connect to. It could be named anything. If your wireless router was supplied by your Internet provider the name of your home wireless network will likely be on a sticker on the bottom of the router. The technical term for your wireless network name is SSID, so the name may show after the term SSID. If you own your router, the name was created by the person who set it up.

[After you find your network, select it]

If no networks show and the square labeled 'Airplane Mode' is highlighted in blue, you will need to click the square labeled 'Available'. This will turn off airplane mode, which will enable wireless on your computer.


After selecting the wireless network name a connect button will appear.

(In the image above it is highlighted in the green square. Normally that green square will not be there.)

[Select the connect button]


If your wireless network is secured, you will now be prompted to enter the security key for that network. The security key could be anything. If your wireless router was supplied by your Internet provider the passphrase for your home wireless network will likely be on a sticker on the bottom of the router. Another technical term for security key is passphrase, on the sticker it may labeled security key or passphrase. If you own your router, the security key was created by the person who set it up.

[Enter your security key in the white box and select next]

If you had a Full Windows reinstall processed, there will be a text file on your desktop call wirelesskeyview. That file will have a list of wireless networks you previously connected to. Under your network name "or SSID" your security key will show after "Key (asci) :" without the quotes.

If your network is not secured, this step will not appear.


It may take up to two minutes for your computer to connect. While it is, verifiyng and connecting will show on the screen.

[wait while your computer connects]


When your computer has completed connecting, it will show connected under the wireless name. If it was protected with a security key it will also show security after connected. If it was not, unsecured will show up after the wireless name.

[You are now connected to the Internet]