Find Your Computer Name

If you use Windows, you can hold down the Windows key and the Pause/Break key on your keyboard to quickly view your computer name, regardless of your device's operating system.

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Finding the computer name on Mac

  1. Click the Apple Menu , located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
    The Apple Menu is open, System Preferences... is highlighted
  3. Click Sharing.
    The System Preferences panel is open, and the third row has sharing highlighted
  4. Computer Name should be located at the top of the Sharing window.
    In the Sharing panel, the name in the Computer Name field is circled

Finding the computer name on Windows 10

  1. Click the Start menu start.PNGx. After that, you have two options:
    • Use the search box
      1. Type computer name in the Type here to search box in the lower left
      2. Select View your PC name in the results.
    • Use the Settings¬†window
      1. Click the Settings settings_windows10.pngx button.
      2. Click the System category in the Settings window.
      3. Click About in the menu on the left
        • You may need to scroll down to find the About menu by hovering your mouse pointer over the visible menu options.
  2. Find your computer name to the right of the Device name row below Device Specifications

Finding the computer name on Windows 8

  1. Navigate to PC Info to find your computer name.
    • Use the Search charm
      1. Move cursor to the right-hand corner of the screen to unhide charms bar (or press Windows key + C).
      2. Click Search.
      3. Type computer name
      4. Click PC info.
    • Use the Settings charm
      1. Move cursor to the right-hand corner of the screen to unhide charms bar (or press Windows key + C).
      2. Click Settings.
      3. Click PC info under Settings, or click Change PC settings, at the bottom right of the Settings charm menu.
  2. Find your computer name under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.

Finding the computer name on Windows 7

  1. Click the Start menu button
  2. Right-click on Computer.
  3. Select Properties.
    Start Menu is open, and the Computer option has been right clicked. Properties, the last option on the right click menu, is highlighed
  4. Find your computer name listed under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.
    There are two sections on the page: System and Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings. The name next to Computer name is circled

Finding the computer name on Linux

  1. Open a terminal.
    • To open a terminal in Ubuntu, select Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal.
  2. Type hostname at the command line.
    • This will print your computer name on the next line.