Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Windows 10 - Airplane Mode Won't Turn Off

Airplane Mode - Windows 10
Airplane Mode Won't Turn Off Windows 10
If Airplane Mode on your Windows 10 PC won't turn off, chances are you hit the wi-fi button on your keyboard. In the case of the Dell Inspiron, this button requires you holding down the Function and Print Screen keys simultaneously - something that's easy to do when playing video games... for example.

I discovered this issue while... playing video games. I was having issues taking screenshots in Steam due to some out-of-date drivers my auto-update software did not detect, and the fact that the default is F12. Directly beside the F12 button on my laptop is the Print Screen key. I tried both with various key combinations, not knowing that the Print Screen button on my Dell Inspiron is also the wi-fi button, and inadvertently turned on Airplane Mode.

I tried like hell to restore my Internet connection, going so far as to try creating a new one (which did not work, either). Luckily, I had a second PC which I used to find the answer online. Without it, I would most likely still be without Internet:
The process cannot be reversed manually through Windows.

Simply locate and press the wi-fi button on your keyboard to turn off Airplane Mode on Windows 10 and restore your wi-fi network connection.


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