A reader wants to know how to tell if a laptop is in Airplane Mode.

“How does one know if a laptop is in Airplane mode? What is the indication, and where?”

Airplane Mode means that WiFi capabilities are turned off on the device. Accidentally activating Airplane Mode is a good way to mysteriously shut off your WiFi. (It used to be a hobby of mine.)

On a Windows 10 PC, you may see a little airplane icon in your system tray.

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Or you can tap the Notification Center icon.

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You may have a tile for Airplane mode.  If it’s highlighted in blue, Airplane mode is turned on.

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If you don’t see Airplane mode, tap on Network.

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If Airplane mode is enabled, it will be highlighted in blue. Just tap WiFi to switch to a wireless network.

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You can also just type Airplane mode in the start menu and click on the results.

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You’ll be able to see if Airplane mode is switched on. You can turn it off with a tap and then choose to reconnect to your WiFi connection.

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