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I've set up a VPN connection to my work network on my home Windows 8.1 machine. I can easily connect to the VPN connection from the Networks pane (Desktop > Taskbar > Networks icon). However, once connected there is no Disconnect button in the Networks pane. So how am I supposed to disconnect the VPN connection?

The only way I've found is to use the Search charm to find and open the Network and Sharing Center, then click on the link for the VPN connection then click on the Disconnect button. This seems very long-winded, however, so I assume there is quicker method I've missed.

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Win 8.1 I seem to have an icon in the system tray, looks like a monitor with a wire running up it's left hand side. Hovering the mouse pointer on this Icon shows "Network Internet Access" Click on it. Brings up on the right hand side a purple region (sorry don't know it's name) which shows your internet connection icon and your VPN icon. Click once to connect. Click again to disconnect.

Simples :-)

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Must have missed something. You're right, it was simple! –  SimonTewsi Jul 31 at 2:01

You can use the command line:

rasdial "VPN NAME" /disconnect

Where "VPN NAME" is the name of the VPN connection (or more commonly knows as Network under Windows)

You can add the above as an icon on your desktop.

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