How to Find Your Computer IP Address in Windows

by Shea Laverty

Your computer's IP address is useful for setting up remote desktop apps and discerning it from other devices on your network, if you know where to find it. Services like "What's My IP" only identify the public IP of your router, not the IP for your computer itself. You can find your computer's IP two ways: through the Connections list and via the Command Prompt's IPConfig command.

Using the Connections List

To check your IP address using the Connections list, start by clicking the "Network" icon from the System Tray, which is at the opposite end of the Taskbar from the Windows button. Click the "Network and Internet" option and find your computer's network connection in the list. Clicking the name of your network and pressing the "Details" button opens the Network Connection Details window. The "IPv4 Address" heading details your computer's IP address, while "IPv4 Default Gateway" details your router's local IP address.

Using IPConfig

In Windows 8.1, press "Windows-X" on your keyboard and select "Command Prompt" from the Power User menu. In Windows 7, press Windows-R and then type "cmd" without quotes in the Run box. Once the Command Prompt loads, type "ipconfig" without quotes. This command produces a list of information where you can look for the "IPv4 Address." This is your computer's IP address.