How to Enter a URL to Find an IP Address

An Internet Protocol, or IP, address is a unique numeric identifier that is assigned to every computer that accesses the Internet. When a domain name is created and assigned to a server, it is given an IP address that corresponds specifically to its URL. If you can find the IP address of a URL, you can access that website by typing the IP address directly into your web browser.

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The number in brackets is the IP address of the URL.

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Click on the "Start" button. Select "All Programs," then choose "Accessories." Click "Command Prompt" from the Accessories menu.

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Type the following command into the command prompt and then press "Enter."

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Ping URL

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Replace URL with the URL of the website for which you want to find the IP address.

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Examine the information that is returned. It will look something like this:

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Pinging www.ehow.com [8.5.0.172] with 32 bytes of data

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The number in brackets is the IP address of the URL. You can type that IP address directly into the address bar of your web browser and access the website.