Disable Private Browsing in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox

We have see how to start Private Browsing and how it enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail. As already mentioned, Private Browsing is referred to as InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer, Icognito Mode in Chrome and Private Browsing in Firefox. While there is no need to disable private browsing and this is also not recommended, some folks may want to disable private browsing in their browsers. One reason could be that you want to keep a watch on what others on your computer are browsing.

Disable Private Browsing

In this post we will us see how to disable private browsing in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox.

Disable InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer

If your version of Windows has Group Policy Editor, type gpedit in Run box and hit Enter to open it. Navigate to the following setting:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Privacy.

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In RHS pane, double-click Turn off InPrivate Browsing, and select Enabled. Click Apply/OK.

This policy setting allows you to turn off the InPrivate Browsing feature. InPrivate Browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about a user’s browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. If you enable this policy setting, InPrivate Browsing is turned off. If you disable this policy setting, InPrivate Browsing is available for use. If you do not configure this policy setting, InPrivate Browsing can be turned on or off through the registry.

Alternatively, you could type regedit in Run box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Privacy

Create a new DWORD value and name it EnableInPrivateBrowsing. Set it to 0.


To re-enable InPrivate Browsing, change its value to 1 or delete the EnableInPrivateBrowsing key.

Disable Private Browsing in Firefox

Disable Private Browsing Plus is a free addon for Firefox that lets you disable private Browsing in Firefox easily and quickly. It removes the  New Private Window option from the menu. It will also disable the Ctrl+Shift+P keyboard shortcut and  deletion of browsing history.


To disable this plugin, you will have to start Firefox in Safe Mode, by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the Firefox icon, and then go on to disable and uninstall it. To do this, click on Menu > Add-Ons to open the Add-ons Manager. In the left side you will see Add-ons & Extensions section. Here you will be able to disable plugins.

Disable Icognito Mode or Private Browsing in Chrome

Incognito Gone is a small free tool that lets you disable private browsing or Icognito Mode in Google Chrome browser.


This tool lets you disable private browsing in Chrome as well as Internet Explorer and Firefox, as well.

As I said earlier, unless you have specific reasons for wanting to disable private browsing, it might be a good idea to let things be as they are.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.