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How to Connect to a Wireless Network with Windows 10

Summary

When a network is broadcasting its SSID (network name) it will appear in the list of available nearby networks. You can access the list simply by clicking the network icon in the system tray near the clock on the desktop or by using the Setting app to manage your wireless network. If you do not find your network listed, you can easily create a network profile.

More Information

Method 1: Join a network

To join a wireless network, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Network & Internet (press Windows key + I to open the Settings app, or move your cursor to the notification area and click on the network icon).
  2. The network icon will list available wireless networks. Select the network you want to connect to and then click Connect. You'll also see Network Settings near the bottom of available wireless networks. This will quickly open the Network & Internet. If you opened Network & Internet from the Settings app, the following figure will also appear:



Note: The Wi-Fi option will only be available if you have a wireless network adapter enabled.

Method 2: Manually create a network profile or connect to a hidden network.

To manually configure a wireless network with Windows 10, please follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows Logo + X from the Start screen and then select Control Panel from the menu.
  2. Open the Network and Internet.
  3. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click the Set up a new connection or network.
  5. Select Manually connect to a wireless network from the list and click Next.
  6. Enter the network name and select the appropriate settings according to your network requirements. Then click Next to add the network profile. If you need to make a change, you can easily do so in the last step.
  7. Click Close when you are finished.

You can check the network profile you created. Press Windows Logo + R on the keyboard to open the Run box. Type cmd in the box and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.

To see a list of network profiles, type the following and press Enter:

netsh wlan show profiles

To delete a network profile, type the following and press ENTER.

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]

Last Modified: 2015-07-31.