How to Turn Off Wi-Fi on an Acer Aspire One

While having access to wireless Internet on your Acer Aspire One is often handy, it isn't always necessary. With your Wi-Fi turned off, your power consumption is reduced and your battery will last longer on a single charge. This give you a little more time to get that project done or to play an offline game while you're on the go. How you switch off your Aspire One depends on which model in the line you're using.

Dedicated Button or Sliding Switch

Some Aspire One models feature a dedicated Wi-Fi button on the keyboard, or a sliding toggle switch on the front or side of the laptop's case. The wireless button is usually indicated by a symbol depicting an antenna with radiating waves.

Depending on your model, your computer either has an LED that lights up when wireless is enabled or an on-screen display indicating that wireless is enabled.

Fn Keyboard Shortcut

Some models eschew a separate button or switch, instead using the Fn key on the keyboard and one of the F-keys. With most models, the key combination is Fn-F3, although your model may vary. You can tell which F-key to use by looking at your F-keys for a picture of one of the Wi-Fi symbols mentioned above.

Windows 8.1 Network Pane

Windows 8.1 also features two built-in options for switching off Wi-Fi from the Network pane: the Wi-Fi switch and Airplane mode.

Wi-Fi Switch

The Wi-Fi switch shuts off only your wireless Internet connection. It's a good choice when you still want to use Bluetooth devices or other wireless equipment but not your Wi-Fi connection.

The Wi-Fi switch in the Off position.
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  1. Click the Network icon in the System Tray.
  2. Toggle the Wi-Fi switch to Off.

Airplane Mode Switch

Airplane mode shuts off all wireless devices installed on your device. As the name implies, it's good for when you're in a situation where using any wireless devices may pose a problem, such as on an airplane or in a hospital.

Airplane mode in the On position switches off Wi-Fi.
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  1. Click the Network icon in the System Tray.
  2. Toggle the Airplane Mode switch to On.