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Setting up a proxy in the Microsoft Edge browser

In recent years, Microsoft has actively promoted the Edge Internet browser as the successor to Internet Explorer. The developers have optimized the application, incorporating built-in tools for traffic protection, unwanted resource blocking, and integrating artificial intelligence into the search functionality.

Microsoft Edge has gained popularity as a browser for Windows users. However, in the realm of online security and privacy, additional measures can be beneficial. For comfortable surfing, ensuring privacy, and accessing web services from various global locations, using anonymizers such as proxies is also important.

Wondering how to enable a proxy in the Edge browser? We provide detailed guidance for this process.

Video tutorial for proxy configuration in Microsoft Edge

Step-by-step proxy setup in Microsoft Edge

The latest versions of Microsoft Edge don't have a built-in interface for configuring a connection via a remote server. Therefore, setting up a proxy in Microsoft Edge involves using Windows system tools:

  1. Open the “Settings” of the MS Edge browser and select “Settings”.

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  2. Go to the “System and performance” section and click on the link “Open your computer’s proxy settings”.

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  3. This action opens a page with Windows OS settings. In the “Proxy” section, turn on the “Use a proxy server” switch and enter the IP address and port in the respective fields. Optionally, specify a list of addresses that don't require proxy usage. Save your changes.

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  4. If you're using a private proxy, the system will prompt for your username and password in a pop-up window in your browser upon first accessing a site.

A limitation is that these proxy settings apply to all Windows traffic, not just Microsoft Edge. To modify settings or disable anonymization, you need to access the OS settings each time.

An alternative method for changing proxy settings in Edge is by installing a third-party extension, such as Proxy Control.

To set up a proxy using a third-party plugin in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Install the Proxy Control extension.
  2. Once installed and added to the “Extensions” panel, click on the add-on and select “Go to settings”.

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  3. In the settings window, enter the IP address, port, and if necessary, username and password. You can also add a configuration using an API key or quick setup (inputting all parameters in one line, separated by a colon). Save your changes.

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After setting up, verify if the proxy is functioning. Visit any service for checking IP or testing Internet speed and observe the IP and current geolocation.

How to disable proxies in Microsoft Edge

  1. If you use built-in Windows settings to configure the Microsoft Edge proxy, you can disable the proxy in “Settings” in the “Proxy” section. Set the switch to the “Off” position.

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  2. If you are using a mentioned third-party extension, open the settings and click on the “Off proxy” button.

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And that's it! The proxy has now been disabled.