How to Find Your IP Address

For most people, this is not a task that is needed on a daily basis. On occasion though, something will happen to your computer and you will need to talk to customer support. Or, you may need it to set up a home network. In any event, you may not even know what an IP address is. An IP address is a unique set of numbers that identifies your computer on a network or on the Internet. Keep in mind that as a general rule, your IP address will change. So, it would be a good idea to identify it each time you need it. The steps below are on a Windows XP computer and will help you find your IP address.

Press the “Windows” key and press the letter “R”

You should see a “Run” dialog box pop up in the lower left hand corner of your screen

Type “cmd” (without the quotes) and hit Enter

A black command prompt window should pop up in the middle of your screen

Inside this window, type the word “ipconfig” and then hit the Enter key.

This will produce a list with your IP Address along with some additional information about your network.