How to Find My IP on My Computer

By Nick Davis

Your IP, Internet Protocol, number identifies your computer system on a network, including a direct connection to the Internet, a corporate network or another communications connection. Your computer system may have one or more IP addresses, depending on how many networks your system is connected to. The IP address is unique and assigned by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or network administrator. The IP address can be found by accessing your computer's network configuration menu.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows operating system or Mac operating system

Finding Your IP Address -- Windows XP

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Right click on "My Network Places."

Step 3

Click on "Properties."

Step 4

Double click on "Local Area Connection" to view your IP address on a wired connection.

Step 5

Click on the "Support" tab. Click "Details" to see your IP address.

Step 6

Double click on "Wireless Network Connection" to view your IP address on a wireless adapter connection.

Step 7

Click on the "Support" tab. Click "Details" to see your IP address.

Finding Your IP Address -- Windows Vista

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Right click on "Network."

Step 3

Select "Properties." The "Network and Sharing Center" will open.

Step 4

Click "View Status" to the right of "Local Area Connection" to view your IP address on a wired connection.

Step 5

Click "Details." Your IP address will appear next to the heading "IPv4 Address."

Step 6

Click "View Status" to the right of "Wireless Network Connection" to view your IP address on a wireless adapter connection.

Step 7

Click "Details." Your IP address will appear next to the heading "IPv4 Address."

Finding Your IP Address -- Windows 7

Step 1

Click on the "Network Connection" icon located on the "System Tray" at the bottom of Windows 7 "Desktop" screen.

Step 2

Select "Open Network and Sharing Center."

Step 3

Click "Local Area Connection" to view the IP address on a wired connection.

Step 4

Click "Details." Your IP address will appear next to the heading "IPv4 Address."

Step 5

Click "Wireless Network Connection" to view the IP address on a wireless adapter connection.

Step 6

Click "Details." Your IP address will appear next to the heading "IPv4 Address."

Finding Your IP Address -- Mac

Step 1

Select "System Preferences" from the Apple Menu.

Step 2

Click on the "View" menu and select "Network."

Step 3

Click a network port, AirPort, Ethernet or other connection, from the "Network" screen.

Step 4

Select "Location" from the Apple menu.

Step 5

Select "Network Preferences."

Step 6

Select "Network Status" next to "Show" in the "Network Preferences" screen to see your IP address and network status for the connection you selected in Step 3.

Tips & Warnings

  • Write your IP address on a piece of paper or type it into a word processing document and store it in your computer so you will know the address if you ever need it in the future.