Manage Network Connections in Windows 10

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Managing the Network & Internet settings on your Windows 10 PC is one of the most critical areas to understand for users with administrator privileges. Whether you use a wired or wireless connection to get online, being comfortable creating, deleting and changing network profiles, will save you a lot of headaches down the road.

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In some cases, you may be connected to an unsecured connection, say in a coffee shop or public space. When this is the case, you'll most likely want to ensure that your computer is not discoverable. This is when switching between Private and Public network profiles comes in hand.

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Another important Network option to look out for is the metered connection setting. If your PC connects to a network with limited monthly data, enabling the metered option will stop Windows from automatically downloading updates, which can sometimes be quite large.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to go through everything from adding and enabling a WiFi connection, to accessing your adapter properties and settings. For this article, we used a Sager laptop running Windows 10 Professional.

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Enable or Disable WiFi in Windows 10

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    With your keyboard, press the Windows key + X simultaneously.
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    When the Quick Link menu launches, click "Settings".
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    From the Settings window, select "Network & Internet".
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    In the left pane of the Network & Internet Window, click "WiFi".
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    In the WiFi section there is a toggle switch to turn WiFi on and off
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    When WiFi is disabled, you can have it turn back on automatically.
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    Click the drop-down arrow under "Turn WiFi back on".
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    With the drop-down menu expanded, choose either; Manually, In 1 hour, In 4 hours, or In 1 day.
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Add or Remove a WiFi Connection in Windows 10

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    Press the Windows key + X to launch the Quick Link menu.
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    From the Quick Link menu, click "Settings".
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    On the main Settings' window, click "Network & Internet".
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    Once on the Network & Internet window, click "WiFi".
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    In the WiFi section, click "Manage known networks".
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    On the Manage known networks window, click "Add a new network".
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    Next, add the name of the network, then tap the "Security type" drop-down arrow.
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    With the Security type drop-down expanded, select the level of security from the menu.
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    Finally, add the password for the network
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    You can also select to "Connect automatically" and to "Connect even if this network is not broadcasting".
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    To remove a network, head back to the WiFi section and click "Manage known networks".
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    On the Manage known networks page, select the network you want to remove, then click "Forget".
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Connect to a WiFi Network in Windows 10

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    Click the Network icon in the Notification area (lower right corner).
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    When the WiFi connections area expands, click on an available network from the list.
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    Once you've selected a network, click "Connect".
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    Enter the Network Security Key in the password box, then click "Next".
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    You'll now be connected to the WiFi network.
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    If you want to connect to a network that you've previously entered the security key for, click on it, then click "Connect"
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    You can select "Connect automatically", which will auto-connect you to the network once it's in range.
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  • Disconnect from a WiFi Network Windows 10

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      Click on the Network icon in the Notification area.
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      Next, select in the network that you're currently connected to, then click "Disconnect".
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    Change Network Profile in Windows 10

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      Press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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      In the Quick Link menu, click "Settings".
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      In Windows Settings, click "network & Internet".
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      On the Network & Internet window, click "WiFi".
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      Under WiFi Settings, click "Manage known networks".
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      Select the network that you would like to change the profile of, then click "Properties".
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      On the networks page you can toggle the switch to connect to this network automatically when it is in range
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      You can also select either "Private" or "Public".
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      When Public is selected; your PC is hidden from other devices that are also on the network. When Private is selected, You PC is discoverable to other devices on the network (ideal for a home or work connection).
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    Set WiFi Network as a Metered Connection Windows 10

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      On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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      When the Quick Link menu pops-up, click "Settings".
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      From the main Settings window, click "Network & Internet".
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      On the Network Settings window, click "WiFi".
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      In the WiFi column, click "Manage known networks".
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      Select the network you wish to set as metered, then click "Properties".
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      Finally, scroll down and toggle the switch next to "Set as metered connection".
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      Please note that when you set a connection to metered, Windows Updates will not download without your permission
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    Change Network Adapter Settings for Windows 10

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      Using your keyboard, press the Windows key + X simultaneously.
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      In the Quick Link menu, click "Settings".
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      From the Main Settings window, select "Network & Internet".
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      In the Status section, click "Change adapter options".
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      Here you can view various properties and options for all the network adapters that are installed on your computer.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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