Quickly Finding Your IP Address

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated April 27, 2020)


In other articles, we have talked about understanding IP addresses as well as how you can find your IP address using Control Panel. The latter article details a longer method of obtaining your IP address. While this method is a solid way of finding your information, there is a faster way to discover it, and that involves using the Command Prompt. It only takes a single word to quickly find information regarding your computer and how it connects to the world.

To quickly find your IP address simply do the following:

  1. Press the Windows+R keys on your keyboard. This immediately displays the Run dialog box.
  2. Type (without quotes) "CMD" then press Enter. Windows launches the Command Prompt.
  3. In Command Prompt type (without quotes) "ipconfig" then press Enter. Command Prompt will then display information regarding your computer's IP configuration. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. IP configuration displayed within a Command Prompt window.

Upon running this command, you should see your IPv6 address, your IPv4 address (commonly referred to as your IP address), your Subnet Mask, and the Default Gateway. When you have gotten the address you need, you can close the Command Prompt window.

You can also, as was pointed out in the other article about finding your IP address, find your IP address (IPv4) by going to https://www.whatismyip.com/. Or you can do a Google search for the phrase "IP address" and Google will display your IP address (IPv4). Either of these methods will work in helping you access your IP address.

 This tip (10231) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


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