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Freedom for Windows Desktop Menu Options Explained

This articles provides a detailed explanation of the menu items for our Windows desktop app.

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Desktop Controls Explained

The desktop controls are broken down into 5 areas:


This section displays your user account email, device name, and session status.

  • Sync Freedom: Manually sync blocklists and sessions. Try this option if you've made changes that don't seem to be taking effect, or if sessions aren't starting or ending.

Start Session

This section will allow you to start a Freedom session directly from your desktop menu.

  • Select Devices: Choose devices for the session.

  • Select Blocklists: Choose blocklists for the session.

  • Start a Session: Start session with selected devices and blocklists.

  • Schedule a Session: This will take you to the browser dashboard to manage scheduled sessions.


This section allows you to control the Freedom app's behavior.

  • Enable Website Exceptions: Website exceptions will only work when you have this selected. For more information on this feature, please see Windows Website Exceptions.

  • Manage Website Exceptions: This is where you add the URLs for the sites you want to allow.

  • Manage Blocked Desktop Apps: Opens a list of desktop apps that you can block with Desktop App blocking. Note: Apps may need to be running to populate on this list.

Windows Options Menu
  • Options → Run on Startup: When enabled, Freedom will launch when your computer starts up.

  • Options → System Details: This contains information that is useful for troubleshooting any issues with Freedom. When contacting support, you may be asked to send this information.

  • Options → Non-Proxy Mode: Activates non-proxy mode. For more information on this, please see Non-Proxy Mode for Windows.

  • Options → Legacy input blocking: An alternate method of blocking that applies with Non-Proxy Mode or Website Exceptions are enabled. This only needs to be selected if you're having trouble with those modes.

  • Options → Locked Mode: This makes it difficult to escape an active session. For more information, see Locked Mode.

  • Options → Disable Task Manager: When enabled, Freedom will prevent you from accessing Task Manager so you cannot use it to quit the app during an active block session.

  • Options → Block System Settings: Prevents you from opening system settings during sessions to uninstall, etc.

  • Options → Block Fullscreen Browsers: On some browsers, websites won't be blocked if the browser is kept in fullscreen mode. When this option is selected, the entire browser will be blocked if the user switches to fullscreen mode to circumvent blocks.

  • Options → Play sound on session start/end: Select these if you want a sound to play upon notification of session beginning or end.

  • Options → Show Session Notifications: Shows notifications when your sessions begin and end.


  • About Freedom: Displays current version number.

  • Launch Tour: Launches a setup guide.

  • Update Freedom: Checks for updates.

Log out

  • Log out: Logs out of the client (useful for switching to a different Freedom account).

  • Quit: Quits the client.

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