Hosts file/View

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The hosts file is a plain text file used to map host names to IP addresses. On Windows, it is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folder. This activity will show you how to view the hosts file.

Preparation[edit]

To prepare for this activity:

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Log in if necessary.

Activity 1 - View the hosts File[edit]

To view the hosts file:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories.
  4. Select Notepad.
  5. In Notepad, select File then Open.
  6. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.
  7. Change the file type to open from Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files (*.*).
  8. Open the hosts file.
  9. Read the comments in the host file. The comments begin with a # character.
  10. Observe the host records stored in the file. At a minimum you should find a record for 127.0.0.1 localhost.
  11. Close Notepad. Do not save any changes.

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