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  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    connect/disconnect from internet


    Silly question probably, but what is the best routine for going offline and then to reconnect when appropriate. I'm going all round the houses at the minute...

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  2. #2


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    You can go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Centre > Change Adapter Settings, then right click the network you want to disconnect and select enable/disable to turn it on or off.

    If it's something you want to do regularly, it's possible to create a shortcut here using a CLSID key (it sounds more complicated than it actually is).

    • Go to C:\Users\[Your Username]
    • Right click an empty area and select New > Shortcut
    • Where it says 'Type the location of the item', paste the following: explorer shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
    • Click 'Next' and give it a name such as Network. Then click finish.
    • Now that you have a shortcut, you can right click on it and pin it to Start, or pin it to Taskbar.
    • If you want, you can change the icon like you can with other shortcuts
    • On clicking the shortcut it will take you directly to the adapter settings, where you can then right click on the network you want to disconnect and select enable/disable to turn it on or off.


    Another way would be to create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\ncpa.cpl. The only problem with this method is that it won't give you the option to right click on it and pin it to Start or Taskbar, therefore the above method is probably more flexible.

    For more information on creating CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts, see the following link:
    CLSID Key (GUID) Shortcuts List for Windows 8

    The GLSID keys are listed at the above link under 'Network Connections':
    explorer shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} or
    explorer shell:::{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}

    Some third party Firewalls will give you the option to stop all internet traffic, however they don't usually disable the network connection as such, they just block all incoming/outgoing packets.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Thanks Arc, Works a teat.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    ' Thanks Arc, Works a teat.'

    Of course that should be 'treat' .

    I've now found my 'r's too!...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    No probs.
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