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How to Open Command Prompt & Find IP Address On Windows 7 with Pictures

Updated on March 2, 2013

How to Find and Open Command Prompt & Find IP Address

This is an easy guide showing you how to find your IP Address through your Command prompt. This guide is useful to people who use Windows 7. The steps are simple and brief, but will get you to the place you need to be.

Steps 1-4 below get you to your Command Prompt on Windows 7. Steps 5-7 indicate how to find your IP address after you've followed steps 1-4. (So you need Command Prompt open to find your IP address)

Use the red boxes to help you find the area you need to be. The images at the side can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Your IP Address

IP stands for Internet Protocol. Every computer that uses the internet has it's own IP address. Without this address, you wouldn't be able send or receive information via the internet, since none of the computers in the world would know which computer address (IP address) to send it to.


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1. Open the start menu

The red box in the picture on the right indicates where the start menu is located and what it looks like. Click and open.

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2. Click 'All Programs'

With the start menu still opened, click the words "All Programs", which is indicated with a red box surrounding it.

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3. Open "Accessories"

After clicking "All Programs", find "Accessories" and click so the Accessories menu opens up. (See red box).

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4. Open "Command Prompt"

Find "Command Prompt" and click it open. This is indicated by the red box, and the icon appears to be a black screen.

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Continue from here if you want to find your IP address

This is your "Command Prompt" window.

If you only wanted to open Command Prompt, you can stop at step 4. If you want to find your IP address, you'll have to continue with the rest of the steps.

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5. Type "ipconfig"

Simply type the term "ipconfig" into your Command Prompt. This stands for IP configuration. Once you've typed in the term, press your "Enter" key.

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6. Scroll up

You will have to scroll up on the data provided by using your scroll bar to find your IP address, which will look like a series of numbers with a decimal or a few decimals in-between.

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7. Find your IP address

Your IP address will look similar to the one shown in the red box. It is represented by a series of numbers and decimals.

Your IP address may not look EXACTLY like the one provided in the picture. Look for words "IPv4 Address" or "IPv6 Address".

Steps summarized:

Here is an even briefer summary of the steps described above. Once you do this once, it'll be able for you to open Command Prompt and find your IP Address again. If you forget, however, the steps below will help to refresh your memory in getting to your destination.

So if your forget use the pictures provided and the steps below:

Find your Command Prompt:

  1. Click the start menu
  2. Click "All Programs"
  3. Click "Accessories"
  4. Click "Command Prompt"

Find Your IP Address

  1. Type "ipconfig" in Command Prompt
  2. Scroll up and look for IPv4 or IPv6 Address
  3. Look for series of numbers with decimal(s)

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    Emmanuel Marosi 2 years ago from Bogia

    The IP relating to the network adapter attached to your computer will be shown depending on the configuration of your network adapter. Either a IPv4 or IPv6 configuration. So the best way to recognise the IP address of your network adapter is, as you explained rightfully, to look for a IPv4 or IPv6 IP address.

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