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How to add a Trusted Site in Windows 10

If you trust a website but find that some of the functionalities of that site are not working, maybe due to the high security settings of your computer, you can make an exception by adding the site to the Trusted sites list. This post shows how to add a trusted site in Windows 10. This exception is applied to all browsers, including the new Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.

What is a Trusted Site

Internet Security Options offers four different zones. These four zones are-

  1. Internet
  2. Local Intranet
  3. Trusted sites
  4. Restricted sites.

All these zones have a specific level of security for your computer browser and files.

The default for the Internet zone is Medium-high. If you want to add an exception, you have to add the site to the Trusted sites zone so that your computer can trust the website and overwrite all the other security zone settings.

How to add a Trusted Site in Windows 10

To add a trusted site in Windows 10, you need to follow these steps-

  1. Open Internet Options
  2. Go to Security > Trusted sites
  3. Click Sites button
  4. Enter the website URL in the list and click the Add button.

Let us see the procedure in a bit more detail.

Search for ‘internet options’ in the Taskbar search box and click the result. This will open the Internet Options window

After opening, you need to switch to the Security tab. Then, click the Trusted sites option and then click the Sites button.

Now you have to enter the website URL in the Add this website to the zone box. There are two ways to list a website.

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First, you can write down the specific URL like this:

Second, you can paste something like this:


Let’s assume that your desired website has several subdomains, and you want to add all of them to the Trusted sites list. Instead of writing each subdomain one after one, you can use a wildcard entry like the second example.

After that, click the Close and OK buttons to save your change.

You do not need to restart your computer to apply the change, and it applies to all the installed browsers.

How to remove a website from the Trusted sites list

If you have added a website mistakenly, and you want to remove it from the Trusted sites list, you need to follow these steps-

  1. Open Internet Options
  2. Go to Security and select Trusted sites
  3. Click Sites button
  4. Select the URL and click Remove
  5. Save your change.

To get started, you need to open the same Internet Options window and go to the Security tab. Here you need to select Trusted sites zone and click the Sites button to unveil the list.

Following that, select a URL from the list, and click the Remove button.

Now you need to save your settings to apply the change.

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