When you’re connected to the internet and using a proxy server while browsing the web, that traffic goes through the proxy server instead of coming directly from your Windows 11 PC. A proxy server can be used when you’re connected using Wi-Fi or Ethernet. In some cases, your company or organization might require a proxy server.

To use a proxy server, you’ll need one or more of the following things, depending on how you’re setting it up:

  • Automatically. Windows detects the proxy server settings automatically, so you don’t have to enter any information.

  • Set up script. You’ll need to know the location of the proxy setup script for your organization (if proxy settings aren’t detected automatically). If you don’t know the address for the proxy setup script, you might need to contact the IT department for your organization.

  • Manually. You’ll need to know the proxy server name or IP address and port (optional). If you don’t have this information, you might need to contact your IT department.

Note: If you’re using a VPN connection and it uses a proxy server, you’ll need to set it up separately for that VPN connection.

In general, a VPN and proxy server connection might appear to have some similarities, but a VPN provides a more secure connection compared to a proxy server. For more info about setting up a VPN connection, see Connect to a VPN in Windows.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & internet > Proxy.

  2. Under Automatic proxy setup, turn on Automatically detect settings.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & internet > Proxy.

  2. If you or your organization uses a setup script, next to Use setup script, select Set up.

  3. In the Edit setup script dialog box, turn on Use setup script, enter the script address, then select Save.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & internet > Proxy.

  2. Under Manual proxy setup, next to Use a proxy server, select Set up.

  3. In the Edit proxy server dialog box, do the following:

    • Turn on Use a proxy server.

    • In the Proxy IP address and Port boxes, enter the proxy server name or IP address and port (optional) in the respective boxes.

    • If you don’t want to use the proxy server when you visit certain websites, enter the ending of the website address in the exception list (for example, *.contoso.com).

      For multiple websites, type each website address and separate the addresses with a semicolon (for example: *.contoso.com; *.adatum.com). The * is a wildcard so any website addresses that end with the website address listed will bypass the proxy server.

    • Select or clear the Don’t use the proxy server for local (intranet) addresses check box.
      We recommend you select this check box unless your organization requires the proxy server to be used for intranet addresses.

    • Select Save.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & internet > VPN.

  2. Select the VPN connection, then select Advanced options.

  3. On the VPN connection settings screen, select Edit next to Proxy settings for this VPN connection.

  4. In Proxy settings, select the type of proxy setup you want to use, then enter the proxy server information for that VPN connection.
    If you don’t know the proxy server settings for your VPN connection, you might need to contact your IT department.

  5. Select Apply.

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When you’re connected to the internet and using a proxy server while browsing the web, that traffic goes through the proxy server instead of coming directly from your Windows 10 PC. A proxy server can be used when you’re connected using Wi-Fi or Ethernet. In some cases, your company or organization might require a proxy server.

To use a proxy server, you’ll need one or more of the following things, depending on how you’re setting it up:

  • Automatically. Windows detects the proxy server settings automatically, so you don’t have to enter any information.

  • Set up script. You’ll need to know the location of the proxy setup script for your organization (if proxy settings aren’t detected automatically). If you don’t know the address for the proxy setup script, you might need to contact the IT department for your organization.

  • Manually. You’ll need to know the proxy server name or IP address and port (optional). If you don’t have this information, you might need to contact your IT department.

Note: If you’re using a VPN connection and it uses a proxy server, you’ll need to set it up separately for that VPN connection.

In general, a VPN and proxy server connection might appear to have some similarities, but a VPN provides a more secure connection compared to a proxy server. For more info about setting up a VPN connection, see Connect to a VPN in Windows.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy.

  2. Under Automatic proxy setup, turn on Automatically detect settings.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy.

  2. If you or your organization uses a setup script, turn on Use setup script.

  3. In the Script address box, enter the script address, then select Save.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy.

  2. Under Manual proxy setup, turn on Use a proxy server.

  3. Do the following:

    • In the Address and Port boxes, enter the proxy server name or IP address and port (optional) in the respective boxes.

    • If you don’t want to use the proxy server when you visit certain websites, enter the ending of the website address in the exception list (for example, *.contoso.com).

      For multiple websites, type each website address and separate the addresses with a semicolon (for example: *.contoso.com; *.adatum.com). The * is a wildcard so any website addresses that end with the website address listed will bypass the proxy server.

    • Select or clear the Don’t use the proxy server for local (intranet) addresses check box.
      We recommend you select this check box unless your organization requires the proxy server to be used for intranet addresses.

    • Select Save.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > VPN.

  2. Select the VPN connection, then select Advanced options.

  3. Under VPN proxy settings, select the type of proxy setup you want to use, then enter the proxy server information for that VPN connection.
    If you don’t know the proxy server settings for your VPN connection, you might need to contact your IT department.

  4. Select Apply.

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