How to Change Proxy Settings in Internet Explorer. Sometimes you need to connect to the Internet through a different server than the one you normally use. There could be a variety of reasons for this. Perhaps you need access to a remote computer that is set up on a foreign server. Your regular server may be down, prompting you to have to make a temporary change. Whenever you need to use a proxy server in this way, Internet Explorer is there to help.
Change Your Proxy Settings on Internet Explorer
Power up your computer and open Internet Explorer. If it isn't already installed, visit the Microsoft Web site to download the latest version (see Resources below).
Go to the 'Tools' tab.
Select 'Internet Options.'
Click on the 'Connections' tab.
Hit the 'Settings' button.
Look over the list of settings options, then click on the circle beside the one that you want.
Click 'OK.' Your proxy settings have now been changed. If you want to change them again, simply follow these steps, but make a different selection from the settings options list before clicking 'OK.'
Things You'll Need
Internet Explorer Version 7
Should you need further assistance with how to change proxy settings in Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer FAQs page online (see Resources below). Internet Explorer 7 will run on computers using Windows XP, Vista or Server 2003 with a 233MHz processor or higher. Purchase an anti-virus program to maximize security on your computer when visiting the Internet.
Internet Explorer has a number of security features built in to help you keep your computer safe while online. These features include a firewall and pop-up blocker. However, there is no anti-virus program included with Internet Explorer. Changing proxy settings, as described by this guide, is done using Internet Explorer version 7. If you are running a prior version, you may need to upgrade your browser. Know that proxy settings for Internet Explorer 7 can only be changed by the Admins, Guests or additional accounts on the same computer do not have the ability to make such a change.