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How can you determine your Mac's IP address?

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To locate the IP address on an Apple computer, click on the apple icon in the top left corner of the screen to open a drop-down menu. From the menu, click on the System Preferences tab. From the newly opened System Preferences window, click on the icon labeled Network. The new page displays the computer's IP address underneath the Status section.

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A computer's Internet Protocol Address, known as an IP Address, is what identifies a computer while accessing the Internet. While finding information about one's computer can be notoriously difficult on Apple computers, locating one's IP Address is actually relatively easy. One of several methods to locate an Apple computer's IP Address is to open the computer's Network Preferences.

To open Network Preferences, first open the System Preferences app by either clicking the square gear icon on the dock at the bottom of the screen, or by clicking the apple icon in the top left corner and choosing System Preferences in the drop-down menu. After opening System Preferences, locate and click the icon labeled Network in the third row of options. By opening the Network tab, the IP Address of the computer is visible just underneath the section titled Status.

Alternatively, Network Preferences can be opened by clicking the WI-FI symbol located at the top right side of the screen and selecting the option titled Open Network Preferences. Selecting this immediately opens the Network Preferences, bypassing the System Preferences page.

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