Three ways to Open Network and Sharing Center in Windows

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 3, 2014

Surfing the Internet with computers, we may encounter network issues at times. Under such circumstance, we need to check the network data in Network and Sharing Center. In the following post, we outline three different methods to open the tool in Windows system. Here we take Windows 7 as an example.
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To Open the Network and Sharing Center from the Desktop

To Open the Network and Sharing Center through Control Panel

To Open the Network and Sharing Center through Commands

To Open the Network and Sharing Center from the Desktop

For many who know little about computer, this could be the first choice to start Network and Sharing Center.
Step one- In the lower right corner of the desktop, you can see an icon which looks like a computer or a signal. Click the button.

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Step two- Select the blue Open Network and Sharing Center.

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Step three-
Click Change adapter settings in the left pane. Then you’ll be able to click your network and check the status and data.

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To Open the Network and Sharing Center through Control Panel

Control Panel is commonly used by people to make modifications to settings.

Step one- Click Start menu, then Control Panel.

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Step two- Click Network and Internet.

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Step three- Select View network status and tasks.

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Step four- Click Change adapter settings to make your changes.

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To Open the Network and Sharing Center through Commands

Commands are seldom used but rather useful in the Operating System, especially when you are unable to make change in other ways.

Way one:
Step one- Hit Windows key and R to activate Run.

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Step two- Type “ncpa.cpl” in the dialog box and click OK. Then you get to Network Connections directly.

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Way two:
Step one- Open Run. And Type “cmd” in the dialog box. Click OK.

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Step two- In the pop-up Command Prompt window, type “ncpa.cpl”

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Step three- Press Enter and you’ll be there in the Network Connections window.

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The above three guides will take you to Network and Sharing Center easily and quickly. The first method is intuitive to operate, the second is a little cumbersome, while the third is relatively fast. To choose which one to use to open the tool depends on your operating habits. If you are running Windows 8, similar operations will help you access Network and Sharing Center.




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