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How to Find Your Computer Name

Computer name

Does your computer have a name?

Don’t be so quick to answer “no.” You may be quite surprised to discover that your computer does, indeed, have a name, and we aren’t referring to cute nicknames that some people give computer, plants, cars, and more, though you can certainly give a pet name to your computer if you wish.

Your computer’s name actually refers to the computer’s identification on a network, and this is an important bit of information for your MSP or IT team, as they will use this name to differentiate the computer from all of the others in the network. They will also quite likely put their own naming convention to use to help them with easy identification.

Some businesses will see a single computer being used by several people, or perhaps one person using multiple computers. However it works in your business, it is important for your workers to be able to tell the IT team which computer they are using, and while IT should have no problem helping your working figure out how to find this information, having it ready and easily-accessible will make the entire process of finding and fixing the problem much quicker.  Once you are familiar with how to find your computer’s name, you’ll be able to do it in just a few seconds.

Here are 5 different ways of finding your computer’s name:

1) Hold the Windows Key, then Pause/ Break 

This manner has you press and hold the Windows key, then the Pause/ Break key. This will bring up a window that includes “computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” or something very similar, regardless of operating system.

Can’t locate the Pause/ Break key?

On a desktop, try looking to the right of the function keys along the top row.  If you are on a laptop, you may be missing this key, but can make use of the suggestions below.

2) Press and Hold Windows, then Press “R”. Type “cmd” into the box that comes up. After this, type “hostname” and hit enter.

 This option may not work on you, depending on what permissions have been put in place by your IT team. If this is the case, you still have three other options to consider, based on your particular system.

3) Windows 7: Click on Start, Right Click Computer, then Select Properties.

 This will give you the same window as option 1 above. Your computer’s name will be found under “computer name, domain, and workgroup settings”

4) Windows 8: Hover Your Cursor Over the Top Right-Hand Corner of Your Screen. A Sidebar Will Appear on the Right, Allowing You to Click on the Icon for Settings. Select PC Info.

 You will have a slightly different experience with Windows 8.1. If using that system, right click on the Start button, then select System. If you don’t know which system you are running, you can figure it out easily enough through trial-and-error.

5) Windows 10: Open Start Menu. Click Settings, Followed by Select System, the About.

 This version of Windows actually has the most steps to find your computer’s name, but it is still rather straight-forward, and really shouldn’t be troublesome for anyone to remember.

It is possible that even after going through these options, you still cannot find your computer’s name. If that is the case, you can send an email to your IT team asking if they know the name, or if they can help you find it.

Once you have the computer’s name, you should attempt to memorize it, or keep it written in a nearby, convenient location so that it is readily available when needed.