This post shows students and new users steps to join or connect to a Wi-Fi network when using Windows 11. Connecting to Wi-Fi on Windows 11 has changed a bit. There’s no longer a dedicated connection icon on the taskbar that one can use to access Wi-Fi connection settings.
Windows 11 comes with a Quick Settings feature that combines the Wi-Fi, sound/speaker, and battery buttons at the right corner of the taskbar. Each icon can be viewed separately by hovering the cursor over it, but when you click on a single button, it will automatically bring up the Quick Settings pop-out window.
From the Quick Settings pop-out box, you can access and connect to Wi-Fi connections, including disabling and enabling Wi-Fi on Windows 11.
To get started with connecting to Wi-Fi on Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to join a Wi-Fi network on Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows 11 allows you to connect to any Wi-Fi from the Quick Settings area on the taskbar or the Windows Settings app.
The Quick Settings box is the one highlighted below. Simply click any of the icons on the Taskbar to bring up the Quick Settings pop-out window.
Next click on the right-facing caret on the Wi-Fi symbol in the upper portion of the box.
From these windows, you can also turn On or Off the Wi-Fi switch on Windows 11. Once the Wi-Fi switch is On, Windows will begin showing you Wi-Fi connections that are within range of your computer.
Select the Wi-Fi connection from the list you wish to connect to, then type the password and connect.
Once you correctly type the Wi-Fi password, it should connect as highlighted below.
You’re now connected.
How to connect to a Wi-Fi from Windows Settings
You can also join a Wi-Fi from Windows Settings app.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, and select Wi-Fi on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
Make sure that the Wi-Fi switch is On, then click or tap on Show available networks.
Windows 11 now shows you the list of all the wireless networks within range. Select the connection from the list you wish to connect to.
Once you type in the correct password, Windows should connect.
That should do it!
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