How to Find My Preferred DNS

by Dalton McVey

While users may be used to typing in word-based website names, such as, the Internet is reliant on a number-based system. These numbers are called IP addresses and each household has an IP address as well as each website. Fortunately, we don't have to remember the IP address for each website thanks to Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. The DNS is a network that takes a user's request for an alphabetic website such as, and redirects the request to the corresponding IP address. For Google, that would be translated to IP

Log in to your computer. Press the "Windows Logo" key and the "R" key at the same time. Wait for the "Run..." dialog box to display.

Type "cmd" into the "Run..." dialog box's text field and press the "Enter" key. Wait for the "Command Prompt" window to open. Click on the "Command Prompt" window and type "ipconfig /all" into the black box. Press the "Enter" key.

Scroll through the results in the "Command Prompt" window by using the scroll-bar to the right of the "Command Prompt" until you find "DNS Servers" on the left-hand side. Locate the IP addresses to the right of the "DNS Servers" field. Make note of the first IP address listed, as this is your preferred DNS server address.


  • check The "Windows Logo" key is located next to the "Ctrl" key and has a four-quadrant flag symbol on it.
  • check If you have two or more DNS servers, the first number listed is your preferred and will normally be the one used to translate domain names to IP addresses. If this DNS server is unavailable, the next DNS address listed will be used. These additional DNS addresses are called Alternative DNS servers.

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