In Windows 8, you could view connection properties just by right-clicking any ole WiFi connection. In Windows 8.1, things were a little more intense if you needed to find the WiFi password for a specific connection. In this posting, youíll learn how to display the WiFi security key for your current connection and for previous connections
You might have to find the WiFi password for several reasons. If you often connect to a WiFi network, you will probably forget the security key at some point. If someone asks you about the WiFi password for their connection to the network, you might want to make it visible in the networking settings. However, the main reason I often need to view the connection properties is to troubleshoot a WiFi connection that is not working. The best thing to do whenever you canít connect to a WiFi network that previously worked, a good start is to tell Windows to forget the WiFi connection (right-click the connection). Unfortunately, this means Windows will also forget the password. Thus, you will find yourself again bothering the IT person who is managing the WiFi password.
In Windows 8, you could just click the WiFi icon on the systray and right-click the WiFi connection to access the View connection properties dialog. For some reason, Microsoft has removed this feature in Windows 8.1
View connection properties option: is no longer available in Windows 8.1
However, in Windows 8.1, two other ways exist to access the WiFi password. Youíll find one way in the Network and Sharing Center for your current connection, and you can also use the netsh command to view the connection properties of previous WiFi connections.
To View WiFi password of current connection:
1. Right-click the WiFi symbol in the systray and select Open Network and Sharing Center
2. Click Change adapter settings.
3. Right-click the WiFi adapter. In the context menu, then navigate to Status.
4. In the WiFi Status dialog, click Wireless Properties.
5. Click the Security tab and then check Show characters.
You now see the WiFi password of your current connection. Doing so takes just a few more clicks than in Windows 8, but you wonít have to do this often.
Find WiFi password of previous connections:
if you like typing at the command prompt, you will prefer the netsh command anyway. This method allows you to find not only the WiFi password of your current connection but also that of previous connections. The syntax of the command is as follows:
netsh wlan show profile name="Network Name" key=clear
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