How to Setup a Proxy in Windows 11

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to setup a proxy in Windows 11 in order to access external resources or browse the internet.

In some environments, before one can access the internet or external services they must use a proxy server. Some businesses setup proxy servers to control what leaves and enters the network. A proxy server is a network device that sits between your PC and the internet or external resources.

The proxy server makes requests for websites and services on behalf of the user’s computer. Some reasons companies setup proxy servers are to help save bandwidth, since frequently used resources are cached, protect computers from ads, malware and other harmful threats on the Internet.

By default, Windows 11 is set to automatically detect proxy settings. However, this may not work all the time and you’ll have to manually configure a proxy setting on your machine.

There are multiple ways to setup proxy on Windows. One way to set up a proxy is to use a proxy script. Another is to manually enter the IP address and port number of the proxy server.

To get started setting up a proxy server in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to setup a proxy via script in Windows 11

In some environments, a script is used to configure proxy. Usually IT or network administrator will provide a script to use in the setup. To setup a proxy via a script given to your by your IT administrator, follow the steps below:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, select Proxy on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Proxy settings pane, click the Set up button.

On the next setting pane, turn on script proxy, then type in the script address provided by your network administrator or service provider.

Enter the script address as it was given to you, then click Save.

How to manually setup proxy in Windows 11

If your setup does not require a script, you can use a manual proxy setup. In this setup, you’ll have to type in the proxy server address and port number.

To setup a manual proxy, select Manual proxy setup. Then click on the Set up button to enter the proxy details.

On the pop-up setup window pane, toggle the button to turn on manual proxy server. In the Address field, type the IP address of the proxy server given to you. In the Port field, type the port.

When you’re done, click Save and close the Settings window.

That should do it!


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