How to Use the Bypass Proxy Server for Local Addresses

By C. Taylor

Bypassing a proxy for local addresses enables you to test local websites directly.
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The Bypass Proxy Server for Local Addresses option in Windows 8's Internet Options dialog enables you to circumvent an active proxy when accessing local resources. In general, Windows recognizes addresses like "http://intranet" as a local address and bypasses the proxy. However, if you add periods or use an IP address, such as "" or "," Windows fails to recognize the address as local. Therefore, if you need to bypass these local addresses, add manual exceptions for them.

Step 1

Type "Internet Options" while viewing the Windows 8 Start screen, click "Settings" and select "Internet Options."

Step 2

Click the "Connections" tab and select "LAN Settings."

Step 3

Check "Bypass Proxy Server for Local Addresses." If this option is grayed out, you don't have "Use a Proxy Server for Your LAN" checked, which means you're not using a proxy server through Windows for any address.

Step 4

Click "Advanced" and enter each local address in the Exceptions box. Separate each address with a semicolon.

Step 5

Click "OK" in all three opened windows to accept your changes.