How to Configure Proxy Settings in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft Edge is the tech giant’s most popular web browser and as the retirement of the Internet Explorer is upon us, it is about to become Microsoft’s only browser. This is the guide for Microsoft Edge browser users who want to learn more about changing proxy settings and to review what has changed since Internet Explorer. 

 

In the newer versions of the browser, the way to set up Microsoft Edge proxy settings is by configuring your device’s system. We have outlined a step-by-step process below to make the process go smoothly.

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1. Open settings

Provided that you have your Microsoft Edge browser open, find the three dots in the upper right corner of the window that act as the “options” button. Pressing it will open a dropdown menu in which, nearly at the bottom, you will see “Settings”. Click on it.

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2. Click “System and Performance”

In the window that opens, on your left, there will be a table displaying types of settings to choose from. In older versions, at this point, you would go for the “Advanced Settings”. However, there is no longer such a thing as “Advanced Settings” in the new versions of the Microsoft Edge browser. Therefore, find “System and Performance” and click on it.

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3. Open proxy settings

Now, in the window that opens, you will see “Open your computer’s proxy settings”. Click on it.

 

Alternatively, you could open proxy settings by pressing the search button at your bottom toolbar and searching for “proxy settings”.

How to Configure Proxy Settings in Microsoft Edge

4. Choose your set-up method

Now, you need to choose the configuration method based on the information you have received from your proxy service provider. Depending on whether you have the script address or the proxy IP address and port number, click “Set up” either next to “Use setup script” or “Use a proxy server”.

How to Configure Proxy Settings in Microsoft Edge

5. Type in either the script address or the IP address and port number

Your organization might have distributed a PAC file with an automatic script that allows you to instantly configure Microsoft Edge proxy settings. In this case, choose the script address method and the “Edit setup script” box will pop up. 

 

Make sure that the switch under the words “Use setup script” is turned on and type in the address. Click save to enable the changes and you have configured your proxy server settings.

How to Configure Proxy Settings in Microsoft Edge

Alternatively, for manual proxy setup, choose the “Use a proxy server” option and the “Edit proxy server” box will appear. 

 

Once again, the switch has to be set to on. In the bars below it, enter the proxy IP address and the port number as they were provided. 

 

Additionally, you can also specify some websites with which you do not want the proxy to be used in the box below. Once you click on save, the setting setup is finished and you will be using a proxy server when surfing the net with the Microsoft Edge browser.

How to Configure Proxy Settings in Microsoft Edge

Note that the menus for setting up a proxy server might differ slightly depending on the Microsoft Edge or Windows versions that you are using. As mentioned, in the older versions of the Microsoft Edge browser you would use the “Advanced settings” button to open proxy settings.

 

However, generally, most of the steps remain the same, only the design is different. For example, in Windows 10, there will be no pop-up boxes for the script address and proxy IP address. You will just need to scroll down to the manual proxy setup section to find the box..

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best proxies to use with the Microsoft Edge browser are naturally those that provide the most security and privacy when surfing, crawling, or scraping the net. 

 

Rotating proxies that will change the IP address upon request or over a period of time are the best option for web scraping and other use cases that require making multiple connections. Rotating residential proxies are especially useful as they can mimic the activity of an actual internet user with great accuracy while always giving you a new IP address. However, rotating datacenter proxies will most likely be the cheaper option and will be able to provide the same level of security for your Microsoft Edge browser.

Proxies are used to increase the security and privacy of web surfing. The most popular web browsers, including Microsoft Edge, try to implement their own security measures, but there is only so much they can do. Using a proxy server adds an extra layer of security as your traffic is directed elsewhere before reaching the end server. 

 

In order to effectively perform such tasks as web scraping, a proxy server becomes a necessity as, otherwise, the risk of getting your IP banned would be too great. Furthermore, the advanced settings ensured by the best proxy server providers might make a lot of such procedures easier by allowing you to flexibly choose the features you need to use for your tasks.

Proxy errors are the HTTP error messages you receive when using a proxy server. Among the most common proxy error codes is the “305 – Use proxy”. It means that even though you might think you are using a proxy, the server does not recognize it. To solve it, go back to your proxy settings and try to configure them anew. 

 

Another common proxy error is “306 – Switch proxy”. In this case, the server needs you to use a proxy, but not the one you are using at the moment. The message should have come with a specification as to which proxy to use, so try following the instructions.

 

There is an error “407 – Proxy authentication required”, meaning that the credentials to authenticate the proxy server are missing. These credentials should have been given to you by your proxy service provider. Make sure you type them correctly when requested during the proxy setup.

 

If these and other proxy errors cannot be solved in the ways mentioned above, your last resort might be to contact your proxy service provider and ask for advice.

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