In Windows, how can I see what wireless networks are available?
Windows 8 and 7
While viewing your desktop, click the network icon located on the right side of your Taskbar. Depending on your network connection, the network icon will either appear as a computer monitor and network cable, or as five ascending bars.
Note: In Windows 7, if you don't see the network icon, click the up arrow to see all icons available in the notification area.
Under "Wi-Fi" (Windows 8) or "Wireless Network Connection" (Windows 7), you will see a list of the wireless networks in your area. (In Windows 7, you may have to click the down arrow next to "Wireless Network Connection" to expand this section.)
Start menu, click
Connect to. A window
listing the wireless networks in your area will appear.
- From the
Startmenu, select either
Control Panel, or
- Double-click the
Note: If instead of
Network Connections, you see
Network and Internet Connections, click
Switch to Classic Viewin the upper left corner.
- Right-click the
Wireless Network Connectionicon, and then select
View Available Wireless Networks.
Last modified on October 23, 2012.