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Outlook lets you automatically forward emails sent to your inbox to any other Outlook or email accounts, like Gmail, AOL, iCloud Mail, Yahoo!, etc. Depending on your device, you can either set up automatic forwarding using the forwarding section of Outlook’s settings or create an automatic forwarding rule using Outlook’s rules feature. This tutorial walks you through the steps.

Tip: going on a vacation soon? Set up an out-of-office message in your Outlook account to keep senders in the loop!

Set Up Auto Forwarding in New Outlook for Windows and Web

You can set up automatic forwarding for both personal and organizational Outlook accounts. Follow the steps below to do so in the Web version as well as the new Outlook app for Windows, which was released in September 2023 and is available for all Office Insiders.

    Sign in to your Outlook account.

            Check the box for “Enable forwarding.”

              Type a forwarding email address and choose whether you want to keep a copy of forwarded emails.

                Tip: you can also set up automatic forwarding in Gmail to forward emails to your Outlook and other email accounts.

                Set Up Auto Forwarding Using Rules in Outlook for Windows and Web

                Both legacy and new Outlook app versions for Windows allow you to create rules and set up email forwarding. The option is also available in the Web version of Outlook.

                New Outlook App and Web

                If you want to create an automatic forwarding rule using the new version of Outlook for Windows or the Web version, follow these instructions:

                Launch the new Outlook app for Windows.

                      Type a relevant rule name for easier rule management. Since you’re setting up automatic forwarding, use something like “Automatic Forwarding.”

                        Add a condition. For example, if you want all emails that go into your inbox forwarded, select “Apply to all messages.”

                          Select an action in “Add an action.” For automatic forwarding, select “Forward to.”

                              The forwarding rule you created should be on the list of “Rules” in the Outlook app.

                              Legacy Version of Outlook for Windows

                              You can also create an automatic forwarding rule in the classic Outlook interface by following these steps:

                              Launch the legacy version of the Outlook app for Windows.

                                      Select a condition. If you want messages addressed only to your email to be forwarded, check the box beside “Sent only to me.”

                                                  Good to know: make sure your Mac is fully secure before sending out your emails and starting other tasks.

                                                  Set Up Auto Forwarding Using Rules in Outlook for Mac

                                                  If you’re using Outlook’s desktop app for Mac, you can set up automatic forwarding in Outlook using rules.

                                                  Launch the Outlook app for Mac.

                                                        Type a relevant rule name so that you can easily manage rules when you create more than one. In this case, you can use something like “Automatic Forwarding.”

                                                          Select a condition under “When a new message arrives that meets all these conditions.” This will filter messages you want to forward automatically. You can select “All Messages” to have all your emails forwarded or select a filter.

                                                            Select an action under “Do the following.” Since you’re setting up automatic forwarding, select “Forward To.”

                                                                You should see the new rule in the list in the “Rules” window.

                                                                  Tip: send out friendlier emails by using emoji in Microsoft Outlook for Windows.

                                                                  Frequently Asked Questions Can I set up automatic forwarding with more than one forwarding address?

                                                                  You can add more than one forwarding email address if you set up automatic forwarding via Outlook’s rules feature. If you want to use the non-rule method, know that you can only add one forwarding email address.

                                                                  Can I filter emails that’ll be forwarded?

                                                                  You can only filter emails that’ll be forwarded if you set up automatic forwarding using Outlook’s rules feature. Filters aren’t available if you enable automatic forwarding outside of Outlook’s rules section. To set up filters for the emails that will be forwarded, you need to access the “Rules” section as we showed you above.

                                                                  Do I need a Microsoft 365 subscription to access Outlook’s automatic forwarding features?

                                                                  No. Moreover, additional automatic forwarding features won’t be unlocked with a Microsoft 365 subscription. If you want to check the benefits of having a Microsoft 365 subscription for your Outlook account, go to Microsoft’s support website.

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                                                                  Natalie dela Vega

                                                                  Natalie is a writer specializing in tech how-tos and gaming. When she’s not writing, she plays PC games and travels. Here at MakeTechEasier, you will see her write about guides, tips, and solutions for Windows and iOS.

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                                                                  How To Set Up And Use Treesize

                                                                  Storage space is like time: there just is never enough. I’m not big on cloud services and cannot rely on staying online just to access my own files, which is why I prefer having them locally. But that has its own issues. Every time an app is installed, or a file is brought in, the storage space gets eaten up. Even if I’m not doing anything it seems to run out of its own volition. And just as time is a precious resource that I try to manage as best I can, so is my system’s disk space.

                                                                  Though Windows has its own disk and storage space management tools, they leave a lot to be desired. But there’s a program for everything under the sun, and for storage space management, TreeSize is as good as they come. 

                                                                  Figuring out a new app without any reference, however, can be tricky. Below I share my views on TreeSize, how to set it up, and how to start using it so you can save yourself some time, as well as disk space. 

                                                                  Related: How to Find Large Files on Windows 11

                                                                  What is TreeSize

                                                                  TreeSize is a disk management tool by JAM Software built only for Windows. It is free to use though there is a paid version as well for personal and professional use. They are available for comparison on JAM Software’s website if you’d like to know the difference between them.

                                                                  Briefly, the paid version has additional features such as a duplicate file finder, more export options, as well as command line options (professional only). But for all intents and purposes, the free version has everything I need, and that is what I’ll relate below. 

                                                                  TreeSize Free Features

                                                                  TreeSize isn’t the only disk space management tool out there which is why it’s crucial that its features and offerings align with my (and your) needs. Fortunately, one glance at the main features listed on the website is good enough to have me reach for the download button.  

                                                                  Quickly find out which files are hogging space, monitor free space and file information, scan and export results, and get a File Explorer-like tree view of whatever you’ve got on your system – I couldn’t ask for anything more. 

                                                                  On top of that, TreeSize also allows for smartphone and mobile device scanning via MTP which is something else to look out for. 

                                                                  How to set up TreeSize Free on your PC

                                                                  TreeSize is available to download freely. Follow the link to get it on your system:

                                                                  Now open TreeSize Free (as Administrator).

                                                                  Related: How to delete temporary files in Windows 11

                                                                  How to use TreeSize Free

                                                                  I’ll quickly run down the steps to install and set up TreeSize Free on Windows so we can take a deeper look into the features and how to use them to manage space on a computer.

                                                                  1. Select your directory for file scanning

                                                                  Then select the drive or the folder to scan. It’s best in my opinion to scan the C: drive first because that’s where most of the important files generally are. But you can go ahead with any folder you like. TreeSize will automatically start scanning the selected drive.

                                                                  Once the scan is finished, you’ll find the folders and files in a tree-like view, similar to File Explorer which makes it quite intuitive to use. 

                                                                  2. View used space by size, allocated space,  percent, and file count

                                                                  To the left of every folder, you will see how much space that folder is taking up. But the percentages given to the right can be a bit confusing at first.

                                                                  At first glance, I asked myself: Why does TreeSize show 100% on the ‘C’ drive? After all, I had more than half of the disk free. But when I expanded a folder, the logic became clear. 

                                                                  These percentages show how much a given folder is taking up the overall used space of its parent folder/disk, not the whole disk. And since I had selected ‘C’ to scan, that would be its own parent folder and would have a hundred percent of its own files, naturally.

                                                                  So when a different folder is expanded, you will see, as a percentage, the share of space the subfolders within it are using up. In my instance, the ‘Windows’ subfolder is using 91.9% of the total space of its parent folder ‘MountUUP’ which in turn is using up 8.6% of the total used space of C (see image below). 

                                                                  Besides viewing the allocated space and its percentages relative to the parent folder, there is also a “File Count” viewer. 

                                                                  This gives an exact count of the number of files there are in each folder (and subfolder) and, on the right, the percentage of files in that folder out of the total files in its parent folder. 

                                                                  Similarly, there are “Size” and “Percent” view options as well. As far as I can tell, these will mainly change what you see next to the folders.

                                                                  The “% of Parent (Size)” and “file count” view options are primary. However, you will want to play around with all four options depending on how you want to view your files and folders. 

                                                                  3. Delete a file to free up space

                                                                  That’s pretty much it. No confirmation prompts or pop-ups. And it’s good that it’s that simple. 

                                                                  Apart from the basics that I’ve talked about, you’ll do good to play around with the other options available in TreeSize. Go through the different tabs and experiment with the different viewing and sorting styles, check out the user interface options (dark, light, and touch optimization), the size units (view in TBs, GBs, MBs, or KBs), and the search function. 

                                                                  All these options help simplify the task further so do make sure to check them out and see what all you can work with. 

                                                                  4. Delete files permanently when you need to

                                                                  On the prompt, select Yes.

                                                                  This is particularly helpful if you are sure that you won’t need the files. When a file is very big in size, TreeSize will automatically ask you to confirm the permanent deletion.

                                                                  5. Using the Treemap chart

                                                                  Perhaps the most useful of all features that I’ve found is the Treemap Chart. This option is available in the toolbar under the “View” tab.

                                                                  The Treemap Chart will display your files and folders based on their respective sizes and how deep they are within the parent folder. 

                                                                  Now before I go on, let’s clarify the layout of this Treemap Chart. The area of a given folder box is proportional to its size. The larger the size, the bigger its box will be. In my case, the “Games” folder is slightly smaller than the “Windows” folder because it uses up lesser disk space.

                                                                  As I’ve already said, the levels indicate how deep a subfolder/file is within the parent folder, indicated by different shades of blue. For instance, the “Virtual Machine” subfolder is around level 5 (light blue), while the primary folder ‘C’ is level 0 (darkest blue). 

                                                                  Of course, all this is in relation to the scanned folder. The main folder will always be at level 0 while everything within it will have different shades of blue depending on how many subfolders deep it is.

                                                                  But that’s not all! The Treemap Chart can also be viewed in 3D, the option for which is given under the “Chart Options” tab.

                                                                  I find this an even better way to view the files and subfolders within the main scanned folder. The level colors will change, which is good for easy viewing. But within each folder, you’ll also see ‘bubbles’ of files and folders.

                                                                  The ‘Windows Explorer’ option will work as the context menu.

                                                                  6. Export Scan results

                                                                  All the information about storage allocation is quite useful, and not least to identify which file/folder is hoarding how much space, and where. But what I found particularly useful was that I can share this information with others with a quick export.

                                                                  Sure, sometimes I don’t quite understand all the technical matters about disk management. But I’ve got friends who do and it’ll be easier for them to suggest what I can do once they have information about my disk utilization. 


                                                                  There are a few frequently asked questions that I’d like to shed some light on.

                                                                  What does TreeSize do?

                                                                  TreeSize is a disk management tool by JAM Software. It provides a tree-like view of the files and folders on your system by arranging them in easily viewable layouts based on allocated space, size, file count, etc.

                                                                  How do you run a TreeSize?

                                                                  To view your files and folders in a tree-like fashion, select a folder to scan and wait for the results to be displayed. Refer to the guide above to know more.

                                                                  How do I export TreeSize to excel for free?

                                                                  TreeSize is one of the better disk management tools that I’ve come across and it’s easy to see why it’s gained in popularity. The depth at which it analyzes the files, how they’re stored, and the different presentation options make it a program worth having. I hope you found this tool as useful as I did and are able to better understand how storage space is allocated to your files and folders on your PC. Until next time, stay safe!

                                                                  How To Set Up And Configure Nvidia G

                                                                  When NVIDIA originally introduced G-Sync back in 2013, it was a game changer for the industry. Most people considered it to be the holy grail of PC gaming for what it offered and rightfully so, because it brought about the best possible gaming experience on monitors. For those of you who don’t know yet, NVIDIA G-Sync is a hardware level display technology which synchronizes GPU’s render rate with the monitor’s refresh rate. As a result of this, you’ll immediately notice the difference while playing games, because G-Sync ensures buttery smooth and stutter-free gaming sessions while completely eliminating screen tearing. G-Sync is incorporated into monitors with the help of a module and these monitors are usually more expensive. However, if you already have a G-Sync monitor, you need to set it up properly, as there are some confusions that should be avoided. So, lets take a look at how to set up and configure NVIDIA G-Sync:

                                                                  Setting Up G-Sync Using NVIDIA Control Panel

                                                                  There are certain minor mistakes that people often tend to do while setting up G-Sync and as a result, the feature doesn’t work properly. We certainly don’t want you to be in that situation, so make sure you follow these steps below to properly set up G-Sync:

                                                                  Configuring G-Sync For Games

                                                                  We’re not done with configuring G-Sync properly yet. We’ve a couple more steps that is absolutely crucial in determining the proper functioning of G-Sync. So, carefully follow the steps below:

                                                                  In several games, V-Sync is enabled by default, but we don’t need V-Sync at all. It totally depends on the game. If you want to disable V-Sync, you will have to get to the Graphics/Video settings within the game and turn it off, so that G-Sync will be able to work properly.

                                                                  This is arguably the most important step in this process and I’ll explain it to you exactly why. As we discussed above, G-Sync works by synchronizing the GPU’s render rate with the monitor’s refresh rate. So, suppose your game is rendering at a lower frame rate than the refresh rate of your monitor, G-Sync will reduce the refresh rate of your monitor to match the GPU’s render rate, in order to ensure smooth gameplay. However, this process doesn’t work the other way round. If the GPU renders the game at a higher frame rate than the monitor’s refresh rate, G-Sync won’t do anything and you will experience screen tearing while playing. In order to avoid this, you need to lock the frame rate of your game to the refresh rate of your monitor. You can do this by going to the graphics/video settings of your game.

                                                                  Note: Not all games let you lock the frame rate to the refresh rate of your monitor. In such cases, you will need to use something in addition to G-Sync. This can be done on the NVIDIA Control Panel by enabling Fast Sync in the Vertical Sync option, instead of completely turning it off. If you don’t prefer doing this, you can make use of a third-party software like RivaTuner which comes along with MSI Afterburner that can limit the frame rate.

                                                                  How To Check If G-Sync Is Working Properly

                                                                            SEE ALSO: How to Overclock GPU For Better Gaming Performance

                                                                  Use NVIDIA G-Sync For The Best Gaming Experience

                                                                  How To Set Up, Record, Edit, Publish Instagram Reels

                                                                  Instagram was one of the first tech giants to take significant action following the downfall of TikTok in many markets and utilize the void left by the China-based content-sharing platform. As a result, Instagram introduced Instagram Reels, where people could discover, create, and share short videos. Reels stand different from regular Instagram videos because of their quick size.

                                                                  How to record Instagram Reel

                                                                  If you are new to Instagram, you should check out our previous explainer on what Instagram Reels is all about.  In this tutorial, we will see how to record Instagram Reels content. Well, we have split the entire process into three stages. The first thing you need to get started with Instagram Reels is an active Instagram account. You can create private and public Reels on the platform.

                                                                  Private Reels are visible to those who follow your Insta account, whereas Public Reels get recommended to others who watch Reels. Besides, Instagram uses a few algorithms to shortlist Reels and put them under the ‘Featured’ label.

                                                                  Part 1 – Set up your Instagram Reel video

                                                                  In this step, you have to select a few aspects of your Instagram Reels, such as the music you want to use, the video’s playback speed, and the filters you want to put. To do this,

                                                                  Open the Instagram app on your smartphone.

                                                                  You can see a video icon on the bottom-left part of the screen, next to the Home button. Tap on that Camera icon to launch Instagram Reels.

                                                                  This would open an Instagram Reels video recommended to you by the algorithm. We would ignore that for a moment. Now, tap on the Camera icon that you would see on the top-right side.

                                                                  By now, you would be in the Recording interface for Instagram Reels. Before you start recording the video, you have got an option to edit the following options:

                                                                  Length: You can choose between 15 and 30 seconds as the length of the video.

                                                                  Audio: If you want to choose popular background audio for the video, you can do it from the menu. If you would like to add your original voice, you can skip this option.

                                                                  Speed: You can also change the playback speed of your Reels to anywhere between .5x to 4x. So, you have options if you want a fast-paced video or something ultra-slow-motion.

                                                                  Effects: As we do on Instagram stories and videos, you can select a suitable effect on Reels. You can choose between visual effects, voice changers, and other types of AR filters from the vast library.

                                                                  Timer: Instagram Reels also lets you set up a timer for the video. If you do this, you will have to handle a few seconds’ delays when recording the video.

                                                                  Once you have set these up, you are ready to record the Instagram Reels.

                                                                  Part 2 – Record and edit your Instagram Reel video

                                                                  To record the Instagram Reels video, you have to tap and hold the Record button in the middle. Depending on the duration you had selected, you can record for 15 or 30 seconds.

                                                                  Once you have recorded the content, you can now make a variety of changes to the video. For instance, you can add stickers, emojis, and texts to the video as an overlay.

                                                                  After you have finalized the video content and stickers, Instagram would show you a quick preview of the Reels video. On the bottom-right portion, there is also an option to adjust the length and trim the video.

                                                                  Now, you have prepared your Instagram Reels video for the most part.

                                                                  Part 3 – Publish your Instagram Reel video

                                                                  Tap on the Share button that you can see on the bottom-right side. On the upcoming screen, stick to the Reels tab and provide a caption for the Reels video.

                                                                  You can also tap on the Cover button and choose what appears as your Reel’s video’s cover. Finally, you can tap on the ‘Share’ button. That is it! You have shared the first Reels to Instagram.

                                                                  Once you have shared the Instagram Reels in general, you can share it elsewhere as well. Most importantly, you can share it on your Instagram story, which may attract more viewers.


                                                                  As you can see, you do not need more than a few seconds to record an Instagram Reels video and publish it. However, it would be best to consider that the easy process means more and more people joining the platform. So, if you plan to make the best out of the Reels experience, you should care about the content you publish.

                                                                  Instagram has made this platform for bite-sized content, which gains traction from so many people. So, you may want to keep your videos sweet, crisp, to-the-point if you are looking forward to achieving some followers on Instagram.

                                                                  Another awesome thing about Reels is that users with a public profile have an option to gain an audience from the massive Instagram community across the globe, just like the case was with TikTok. To bring an intuitive feel to the whole process, Instagram adopted a few features first seen on TikTok. But, of course, it did add more features later.

                                                                  In the end, Instagram Reels has become one of your best platforms to express your talents and pick up some audience. It does not matter whether you were active in TikTok or are entirely new to the world of bite-sized videos. You will have a good time creating content with Instagram Reels.

                                                                  It is just that you should know the elements that matter and how you can record an Instagram Reel with all its charm and glory.

                                                                  How To Set Up An Ipad Or Iphone For Seniors

                                                                  1. Increase Icon Size

                                                                  Increasing the icon size can make apps easier to locate. It can also help people with dexterity issues since it makes icons easier to press.

                                                                  Open Settings.

                                                                  Tap “Home Screen & Dock.”

                                                                  Under “App Icons,” select the app icon size you want. There are two options: More and Bigger, and Bigger enlarges the icons.

                                                                  2. Adjust Font Size and Boldness

                                                                  Sometimes enlarging the icons isn’t enough for people with visual impairments. They may also need enlarged or bolded font so that they can easily read messages on their device. Luckily, you can change this in the Accessibility settings.

                                                                  Open Settings.

                                                                  Tap Accessibility.

                                                                  Tap “Display & Text Size” under Vision.

                                                                  To emphasize text, turn on the toggle for “Bold Text.”

                                                                  To enlarge text, select “Larger Text” and move the font size slider to the right enlarge text. Here, if you toggle on “Larger Accessibility Sizes,” you can increase the font size further using the slider.

                                                                  3. Enable Zoom and Magnify

                                                                  For people who need items even larger or who plan to use their iOS device to read, enabling the Zoom and Magnification settings can help.

                                                                  To enable Zoom:

                                                                  Open Settings.

                                                                  Tap Accessibility.

                                                                  Tap Zoom.

                                                                  Turn the Zoom toggle on.

                                                                  Enable any other settings in this menu that sound useful.

                                                                  To enable the Magnifier:

                                                                  From the settings menu, select Accessibility.

                                                                  Tap Magnifier.

                                                                  Turn the toggle on.

                                                                  4. Increase Screen Contrast

                                                                  Sometimes the issue isn’t the size of elements, but rather the contrast between items. This can make it hard for some people to see them – a problem easily fixed by raising the contrast of onscreen elements.

                                                                  Open Settings.

                                                                  Tap Accessibility.

                                                                  Go to “Display & Text Size.”

                                                                  Turn on the toggle for “Increase Contrast.”

                                                                  5. Enable Voice Commands

                                                                  If navigating apps is too much effort for the senior in your life, you can simply enable voice commands so that they can talk to their device to accomplish certain things.

                                                                  Go to Settings.

                                                                  Tap Accessibility.

                                                                  Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Voice Control.

                                                                  You can further customize the voice command setup from the same section.

                                                                  6. Turn on Subtitles and Captioning

                                                                  For those who are hard of hearing, subtitles and captioning can really help. This is yet another amazing accessibility feature available within iOS.

                                                                  To turn on subtitles and captioning:

                                                                  Open Settings.

                                                                  Go to Accessibility.

                                                                  Under Hearing, select Subtitles and Captioning.

                                                                  Turn on the toggle for “Closed Captions + SDH.” If desired, you can also turn on the toggle for “Show Audio Transcriptions.”

                                                                  7. Adjust Hearing Settings

                                                                  If your senior uses a hearing aid or needs to make adjustments to help them hear the device better, you can also do that.

                                                                  To adjust the audio, go to “Audio and Visual.”

                                                                  Change the volume balance between the left and right channels, and enable “Mono Audio” if required.

                                                                  8. Turn On Assistive Touch

                                                                  If the senior using the iOS device plans to use an accessory such as Apple Watch, or needs help with the touch screen, enable assistive touch.

                                                                  Open Settings and go to Accessibility.

                                                                  Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Touch.

                                                                  Tap “AssistiveTouch.”

                                                                  Enable the toggle for AssistiveTouch and customize the other settings provided.

                                                                  9. Turn On Touch Accommodations

                                                                  Touch accommodation changes how the touch screen responds. Enabling this can help seniors who have a hard time pressing the screen.

                                                                  Open Settings and go to Accessibility.

                                                                  Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Touch.

                                                                  Select “Touch Accommodations.”

                                                                  Turn the toggle on. You can also customize the hold duration and enable swipe gestures from this section.

                                                                  10. Enable Guided Access

                                                                  Guided Access turns the iOS device into a simple item that is easy to use, and makes it impossible to accidentally delete apps or change settings. This is handy if you want to, say, disable the touch screen while playing Netflix.

                                                                  Turn the toggle on to enable Guided Access.

                                                                  Set a passcode using Passcode Settings.

                                                                  If you’re disabling touch for Netflix, YouTube, etc., be sure to hit Play before you start Guided Access.

                                                                  11. Set Up Shortcuts

                                                                  If you want to make certain tasks, like FaceTiming with a certain family member, easy for the senior in question, you can create shortcuts to do this.

                                                                  Open the Shortcuts App.

                                                                  Tap the plus sign (+) at the top to create a new shortcut.

                                                                  On the right, search for the app you want to set up a shortcut for.

                                                                  Complete the setup, i.e., in this instance, add the contact you want the shortcut to call.


                                                                  In the center of the screen, tap on the three dots at the top to change the name of the shortcut and configure other related items.

                                                                  Frequently Asked Questions Can I log in to an iOS device remotely to control it?

                                                                  If you have two iOS devices connected to the same Apple ID and Wi-Fi network, you can use Switch Control to take over one device. If you are not connected to the same network, you can still control an iOS device via a MacBook using a lightning cable, but that defeats the our purpose here.

                                                                  Are there third party apps that can make iOS devices easier for seniors to use?

                                                                  Although Apple offers many accessibility options within the Settings menu, you may find that you also need third-party apps to manage other aspects of the device. Some apps that may help include LastPass (for passwords), Ava: Transcribe Voice to Text (for transcriptions and live captions), and Proloquo4Text (for text to speech).

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                                                                  Megan Glosson

                                                                  Megan Glosson is a freelance technology writer based in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience working with everything from printers to smart home systems, and serves as the go-to “tech guru” for a small business that sells digital products. Megan has created thousands of articles for online publications and company blogs, including How-To Geek, Clean Email, and Review Geek.

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                                                                  How To Set Up Wireless Network Connection On Windows Pc

                                                                  Wireless networks allow you to work independently – without the tension of plugging in long wires that not only look bad in the house but also are a safety hazard. Since wireless signals travel in all directions and travel fast, you can use a wireless network to work from your bedroom or the porch of your home. This article explains how to set up a wireless network connection in Windows 11/10/8/7.

                                                                  Inventory required to Set Up Wireless Network Connection

                                                                  Since we are talking of a completely wireless network, we need the following items to set up a wireless network connection:

                                                                  An operating system that supports wireless networking. Windows is a good operating system that allows you to create wireless networks without any problems.

                                                                  A fast Internet connection: You can go for either a DSL or cable broadband. In most cases, the cable or DSL router (see point 3 below) is provided by the ISP who also sets up an Internet connection. Normally, the connection from the wall jack (in the case of DSL) and hub (in the case of cable) is wired to the router from where wireless signals take over for communication.

                                                                  A wireless router: Since we need a wireless network, we will need a wireless router. Check to see if your ISP can give you one. If not, you can get a wireless router from any computer market. Make sure you buy a reputed product for better results. Routers are available in different technologies. I suggest 802.11g or 802.11n for better connectivity and good signals. Routers using the mentioned technologies are more compatible with network adaptors of different companies. Make sure that you are buying a wireless router and not wireless access points. The latter is used to expand existing wired networks and does not serve the purpose of wireless routers.

                                                                  Wireless Adaptors: Most computers now come with built-in wireless adaptors. They are usually towards the front of laptops and computers and carry a switch that you can turn on and off to enable and disable network connectivity. If your computer does not have one, you can buy wireless adaptors from a computer store. I suggest that you buy USB wireless adaptors as they are quick and easy to install. Also, you can use them with different computers, unlike the card-type adaptors that need to be installed on the motherboards. Also, when buying wireless network adaptors, make sure they match the network technology of the router you are using in the network. That is, if you are using an 802.11n router, your network adaptors should also be 802.11n. This ensures better connectivity.

                                                                  To check if your computer has wireless network adaptors, proceed with the following steps:

                                                                  Open Control Panel

                                                                  If your computer has a wireless network adaptor, it will show you a network icon saying Wireless Network Connection.

                                                                  Setting Up Wireless Internet Connection on Windows PC

                                                                  Most ISPs set up an Internet connection when you take a new connection. If your ISP did not set up the Internet for you, follow these steps (assumes your modem includes a wireless router):

                                                                  Plug one end of the phone wire into the phone jack provided on the router’s back

                                                                  Plug the other end of the phone wire into the wall jack of the phone connection. If you are using a splitter, connect this end of the phone wire to the splitter socket that says DSL. You can then use another phone wire to connect the splitter to the wall jack of the phone

                                                                  Plug the router into an electrical socket.

                                                                  Turn on the main computer that you will use to set up admin privileges.

                                                                  Open Control Panel. If it is not in the Icon view, switch to the Icon view.

                                                                  If your modem is different from a wireless router, you will need to connect a phone wire – one end into the modem and another end into a phone jack or splitter. You can then connect the modem to a wireless router using a network cable. You can then follow steps 4 to 7 mentioned above. It should look somewhat like the image below.

                                                                  At this point, your main computer should be able to connect to the Internet. If it is not connecting to the Internet, the connections must be wrong. Check the Network and Sharing window in Control Panel to see if Windows 7 can detect the wireless network (see figure 1 above). If not, make sure the modem/router is properly connected and switched on.

                                                                  Related: How to add a new Wi-Fi Network Profile in Windows.

                                                                  Securing The Network

                                                                  Assuming that the main computer is now able to connect to the Internet, we will go ahead and configure the network for security.

                                                                  The wizard will walk you through a series of steps to configure your network

                                                                  Copy the security key to some safe place so that you can use it when setting up other computers in the network. You will also need it later when you wish to make changes to the network

                                                                  Setting Up Other Computers On The Network

                                                                  Select your network (recognized by the name you provided in the wizard above)

                                                                  Windows will ask you for the password. Enter the password you saved in step 7 above.

                                                                  Setting Up Sharing On The Network

                                                                  You have to turn on sharing on all computers, including the ones having devices such as printers and scanners so that you can use them from any computer on the network. The following applies to each computer on the network

                                                                  Note that you can share files by copying them into Public folder in Windows 7. The Public folder is available in C:Users folder.

                                                                  Related read: How to set up a Broadband (PPPoE) connection in Windows.

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