How to Disable Wireless in an Acer Laptop

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How to Disable Wireless in an Acer Laptop
Acer laptops with Wi-Fi enable Web surfing almost anywhere a Wi-Fi hot spot is available. (checking e-mail image by Jake Hellbach from

Acer laptop computers are equipped with a Wi-Fi receiver for wireless Internet access, typically using Windows Internet Explorer, which is the default Web browser pre-installed on Acer components. Acer laptops feature a quick-disable Wi-Fi button that allows the user to instantly turn off Wi-Fi or switch it back on in seconds. Depending on the Internet access point and any login requirements to access the Internet server, it may be necessary to close Internet Explorer and reopen the Web browser before the Acer can regain a connection.

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  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer by double-clicking the blue "e" icon on the laptop's taskbar, or by click the Microsoft "Start" or flag button to select "All Programs," then double-clicking "Internet Explorer" on the list. The Web browser will open on the screen and display a Web page if the laptop is within range of a hot spot, which is the common name for a wireless connection point.

  2. 2

    Disable Wi-Fi on the laptop by pressing the button printed with a satellite icon to the immediate right of the Acer power button at the front of the keyboard in the centre. A small satellite icon will appear on the laptop screen with a red circle and slash mark superimposed over the icon.

  3. 3

    Enable the wireless feature by pressing the button a second time. The icon will appear once more on the laptop, but without a red circle and slash mark.

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