How to Change a Browser's Proxy Settings

By Alan Hughes

Most companies use proxy servers to protect their Internet network and IP address information from the public. A proxy server is a computer that sits between the internal network and the Internet and manages connections from internal hosts to Internet sites. The use of a proxy provides a layer of protection and allows performance improvements. There are times--such as when you have to move from one location to another or visit a Wi-Fi hotspot with unusual network settings--you may have to change the proxy settings for your Internet browser.

Change Microsoft Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on the WIndows desktop, then click "Programs" and "Internet Explorer." This opens a browser session.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the browser's menu bar, then click "Internet Options" to open the "Internet Options" dialog.

Step 3

Click on the "Connections" tab in the "Internet Options" dialog. Click on the "Advanced" button to open the "LAN Settings" dialog.

Step 4

Select the configuration options according to your network requirements. Check "Automatically detect settings" to let Internet Explorer discover what the settings should be. Check "Use automatic configuration script" to point to a script, usually on a server, that configures the proxy settings. Alternatively, you can manually enter your proxy information in the "Proxy Settings" section by checking the box there. If you choose to manually configure the settings, be sure to uncheck both automatic configuration boxes to avoid conflicts and problems, and proceed to tne next step.

Step 5

Enter your proxy server name and port information if you want to configure the settings manually, then click the "Advanced" button. Check the "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" box in the "Proxy settings" dialog.

Step 6

Click the "OK" button in each dialog to exit, and your browser is configured with new proxy settings.

Change Google Chrome Proxy Settings

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on the Windows desktop. Then click "Programs," roll over "Google Chrome" and click "Google Chrome." This opens a browser session.

Step 2

Click the wrench icon on the right of the address bar, and click the "Options" selection in the drop down menu.

Step 3

Click on the "Under the Hood" tab, and click the "Change proxy settings" button in the "Network" section of the dialog. This opens the "Internet Properties" dialog. Click the "LAN Settings" button to configure proxy settings.

Step 4

Select the configuration options according to your network requirements. Check "Automatically detect settings" to let Google Chrome discover what the settings should be. Check "Use automatic configuration script" to point to a script, usually on a server, that configures the proxy settings. Alternatively, you can manually enter your proxy information in the "Proxy Settings" section by checking the box there. If you choose to manually configure the settings, be sure to uncheck both automatic configuration boxes to avoid conflicts and problems, and proceed to tne next step.

Step 5

Enter your proxy server name and port information if you are manually configuring the settings. Click the "Advanced" button. In the "Proxy Settings" dialog, check the "Use the same proxy server for all protocols" box.

Step 6

Click "OK" to exit the settings dialog, and "OK" again to exit the properties dialog. Click "Close" to exit the main dialog, and your browser is configured with new proxy settings.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on the Windows desktop, then click "Programs," and "Firefox." This opens a browser session.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" item on the menu bar, then click "Options" to open the "Options" dialog.

Step 3

Click on the "Advanced" tab in the "Options" dialog, then click the "Network" tab. Click the "Settings" button to open the "Connection Settings" dialog.

Step 4

Select the configuration options according to your network requirements. Select "No proxy" if there is not a proxy server. Select "Auto-detect proxy settings for this network" to have Firefox automatically configure the settings for you. Select "Use system proxy settings" to allow the system settings to be applied. Select "Manual proxy configuration" to enter your proxy information field provided, and check the "Use this proxy server for all default protocols' box. As an alternative to the above, you can select the "Automatic proxy configuration URL" and provide the location of a script that will configure your settings for you.

Step 5

Click "OK" to exit the setting dialog and "OK" to exit the options dialog. Your Firefox proxy settings are changed.