How to Change Proxy Settings in Internet Explorer

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

Step 1

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).

Step 2

Go to the 'Tools' tab.

Step 3

Select 'Internet Options.'

Step 4

Click on the 'Connections' tab.

Step 5

Hit the 'Settings' button.

Step 6

Look over the list of settings options, then click on the circle beside the one that you want.

Step 7

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 connection

  • Computer

  • 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.