How do I change my browser settings?

You can use Internet Options in Control Panel to change a range of browser settings.

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To change Internet connection settings

Use the Connections tab in Internet Options to set up an Internet connection, add or change dial-up and virtual private network (VPN) settings, or change local area network (LAN) settings.

  1. Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

  2. Click the Connections tab.

For more information about changing Internet connection settings, see the following topics:

To change proxy server settings

A proxy server is a computer that functions as an intermediary between a web browser and the Internet. Proxy servers help improve web performance by storing a copy of frequently used webpages. When a browser requests a webpage stored in the proxy server's collection (its cache), it's provided by the proxy server, which is faster than going to the web. Proxy servers also help improve security by filtering out some web content and malicious software.

Proxy servers are used mostly by networks in organizations and companies. Typically, people connecting to the Internet from home will not use a proxy server.

For more information about changing proxy server settings, search the Help system in your web browser.

To change the colors and fonts used for webpages

Most browsers let you pick which fonts and colors are used to display webpages. These settings usually won't affect webpages that are designed to prevent changes to colors and fonts. If you want to use your color and font choices on all webpages, regardless of whether they've been specified by the website designer, you can override website font and color settings.

To specify website fonts and colors

  1. Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

  2. Click the General tab, and then do one or both of the following:

    • To change the font, click Fonts. Specify the fonts you want to use, and then click OK.

    • To change colors, click Colors, and then clear the Use Windows colors check box. Click each color box, click the color you want to switch to, and then click OK. When you're done choosing colors, click OK.

  3. Click OK.

To override website font and color settings

  1. Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

  2. Click the General tab, and then click Accessibility.

  3. Select the Ignore colors specified on webpages, Ignore font styles specified on webpages, and Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check boxes, click OK, and then click OK again.

To block pop-ups

A pop-up is a small web browser window that appears on top of the website you're viewing. Pop-up windows often open as soon as you visit a website and are usually created by advertisers. Most web browsers include a way to block pop-ups from appearing.

For information about blocking pop-ups, search the Help system in your web browser.

To control the installation of add-ons

Web browser add-ons add features (for example, extra toolbars, animated mouse pointers, stock tickers, and pop-up ad blockers) to your web browser. Many add-ons come from the Internet, and they usually require that you give your permission before they are installed on your computer. Some, however, might be installed without your knowledge. This can happen if the add-on was part of another program that you installed. Some add-ons are installed with Windows.

For information about controlling the installation of add-ons, search the Help system in your web browser.