How to configure Proxy Server Settings in Windows 10/8.1

A local Proxy Server can improve the throughput of your broadband connection and at times even protect against malware infections. Therefore Proxy settings have a key role to play. These settings let a browser know the network address of an intermediary server used between the browser and the Internet on some networks (local).

Normally, you change the proxy settings only when you are connecting to the Internet through a corporate network. By default, browsers such as Internet Explorer automatically detects proxy settings. However, you might need to manually set a proxy with information supplied by your network administrator. Microsoft seems to have offered an alternative option here via Windows 8.1/10 upgrade – as different from in Windows 8. One of the biggest additions to the Windows 8.1 settings and upgrade is the proxy settings. This makes it much easier to configure automatic and manual proxies in Windows 10/8.1.

Configure Proxy Server Settings in Windows 10/8.1

To configure the proxy settings in Windows 8.1, first, bring up the charms-bar by pointing the mouse cursor to the lower-left corner of your computer screen or by using Keyboard shortcut – Win+C. Choose ‘Settings’ icon and select the ‘Change PC Settings’ option.

change PC settings

Next, select the option from the left-pane that reads as ‘Network’. It is in this category where proxy settings are hidden.


Scroll down until you find ‘Manual Proxy Setup’ section.

proxy setup

In Windows 10 you can access these settings at Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy.

Configure Proxy Server Settings in Windows

Under that section slide the bar in opposite direction to turn on ‘Use a proxy server’ option.


You can now proceed and fill in the IP address, port of your proxy server.

Also see:

  1. Reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings
  2. How to Setup Proxy for Metro application in Windows.
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