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How to set up a proxy in the Microsoft Edge browser

Setting up a proxy in Microsoft Edge enables access to regionally blocked resources and ensures user anonymity. It's also crucial to know how to modify and disable proxy settings in Edge. Available on Windows 7 and newer versions, MacOS, and mobile platforms like iOS and Android, Microsoft Edge has superseded Internet Explorer. This browser offers not only web searching capabilities but also flexible privacy management options. Understanding how to activate a proxy in Edge is essential for changing your browsing region, concealing your online activities from internet providers, and addressing various other needs.

Step-by-step proxy installation in Microsoft Edge

To configure a proxy in Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge on your Windows or Mac. Click the three dots in the top right corner and select “Settings”.
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  3. In the “Settings” menu, locate “System and performance” and click on “Open your computer’s proxy settings”.
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  5. Scroll to the “Manual proxy setup” section.
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  7. Enable the proxy by toggling the “Use a proxy server” switch to the active position.
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  9. Enter the proxy's “Address” and “Port” in the respective fields. Edge supports HTTP, various SOCKS versions, and other protocols.
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  11. If you wish to exclude certain sites from using the proxy, list them in the designated box.
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  13. Click “Save” to apply your settings.
  14. Test the setup by visiting a website. For public servers without required authorization, you should be able to browse immediately. For private proxies, a “Sign in” prompt will appear for username and password entry.
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  16. After entering your credentials, click “Sign in”.
  17. To verify the proxy's effectiveness in Edge, search “My IP address” and use any displayed service. It should reflect the new proxy IP.

How to disable proxies in Microsoft Edge

To disable a proxy in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open the browser menu and select “Settings”.
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  3. In the “Settings” menu, locate “System and performance” and click “Open your computer’s proxy settings”.
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  5. Navigate to the section where you previously set up the proxy, labeled “Manual proxy setup”.
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  7. Turn off the proxy by switching the “Use a proxy server” toggle to the inactive (off) position.
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Remember, this change will affect all browsers and applications on your PC, not just Microsoft Edge.