How to Use System Proxy Settings

System network administrators set up proxy servers to funnel all Internet usage through one server. This lets the administrator control bandwidth, block unwanted websites and analyze Internet usage. You enter the proxy server settings in the Internet Explorer browser settings. The settings instruct the browser to use the Windows proxy server to access the Internet. Some administrators restrict access to the Internet, so only the proxy server can be used.


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      Click the Windows "Start" button, and select "All Programs." Click "Internet Explorer" to open your Windows browser.

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      Click the "Tools" button, and then click "Internet Options." This opens a configuration window for your browser.

    • 3

      Click the "Connections" tab. In the list of options, click the "LAN settings" button. This opens a new window.

    • 4

      Check the option labeled "Use a proxy server for your LAN." This enables your proxy settings text boxes. Type the proxy server and port address. This information is provided by your system administrator.

    • 5

      Click "OK" to save your settings. Click "OK" again in the main properties window to close the window.

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