Turning on and enabling the wireless (wifi) card on the Dell Inspiron laptop can be a bit elusive if you’ve never done it before.

I was working on a Dell Inspiron laptop today and I had to get online in order to download my latest and greatest tools I use to scan for viruses, etc…  Actually, I didn’t absolutely “NEED” to get online via wifi, I could just use my jump drive.  But having the computer or laptop I’m working on actually online helps a lot.

So I saw the wifi icon on the bottom right hand corner with a red “X” on it I kept clicking on and opening up the network and sharing center.  But that didn’t help me at all because again, the wireless card was turned off so nothing was showing.

Finally, I figured out there is a keyboard shortcut to turning on (enabling) the wifi wireless card on the Dell Inspiron.

Simply hit Fn / F2 keys.

You’ll notice, if you have a Dell Inspiron laptop, that if you look at the F2 key you’ll see the wifi icon on the top of the key.  You need to hit the “Fn” button on the bottom left of the keyboard first, and while holding the “Fn” button, just hit the “F2” button and whalla – your wireless card will be turned on (enabled).

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