Changing your DNS server settings in Windows 10


A DNS (Domain Name Service) acts like a phonebook, keeping a log of domain names, then turning them into an IP address. Changing your DNS settings can sometimes improve how Windows 10 works with the internet. It might make internet browsing faster, or more secure. If your DNS settings aren't right, you might lose your internet connection altogether. The steps below will help you.


Right-click on your network connections symbol in the bottom-right corner of the screen. It may be in the 'Show hidden icons menu' - click the arrow next to your computer's time to open the menu. Click Open Network and Sharing Center.


Click on the connection you want to change the settings of, then click Properties.


Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then click Properties.


Click the button which reads Use the following DNS server address. Type in the DNS server address you want to use. This might have been given to you by your internet provider, or it might be an open DNS server such as 'Google Public DNS' or 'OpenDNS'.

If you find that the settings you're trying to use don't work, you can always go back to the automatic option.


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