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How to Turn On WiFi on Windows 8.1?

You will first need to enable Wi-Fi on your Windows 8.1 computer If you want to connect your Windows 8.1 laptop or desktop to the Internet using Wi-Fi. Some laptops have a physical switch to enable Wi-Fi, while many new laptops don't have a physical switch and users have to enable Wi-Fi in Windows 8.1 using the settings available in the operating system.

Enabling Wi-Fi on Windows 8.1 might be confusing at first, so in this guide we will show you how to switch on Wi-Fi on Windows 8.1 in simple steps with screenshots.

If you are on the Start screen of Windows 8.1, click on the Desktop tile to go to the Desktop. The Desktop tile is located at the bottom-left part of the Start screen as shown below.

Desktop tile at bottom-left on the Start screen of Windows 8 and 8.1

Once you are in the desktop mode of Windows 8.1, you can see the notification area at the bottom right part of the screen. If your Windows 8.1 computer is not connected to the Internet and the wifi is not enabled, you will see the Network icon with a (x) sign as shown below. Click on the Network icon.

Network icon in Windows 8

If your computer is connected to the Internet, you will see the Network icon (like a desktop) as shown below. Click on the Network icon.

Network icon if internet connected in Windows 8

You will see that a Networks panel slides in from the right side of the screen. In the Wi-Fi section click the button on the right side of Off to switch on the Wi-Fi in Windows 8.1.

Wi-Fi enabling panel slides in Windows 8

Your Windows 8.1 computer's Wi-Fi is now enabled.

Wi-Fi enabled in Windows 8

Now, you can use Wi-Fi in Windows 8.1 laptop or computer to connect to the Internet.

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