InPrivate Browsing enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail. It is used to give the user the option of choosing what information to share while browsing. When InPrivate Browsing is enabled, new cookies are not stored, and temporary internet files are deleted after InPrivate Browsing is closed. Cookies are kept in memory, so pages work correctly, but are cleared when you close the browser. Temporary Internet Files are stored on disk, so pages work correctly, but are deleted when you close the browser. History, Auto-complete, Form data, Passwords, etc. are not stored.
How to launch or start Private Browsing
InPrivate Browsing in Edge or Internet Explorer is referred to as Incognito Mode in Chrome, Private Browsing in Opera and Private Browsing in Firefox. In this post, we will see how you can start or launch a new tab or windows in the Private Browsing mode.
Open InPrivate window in Edge browser
InPrivate Browsing helps prevent the Edge browser from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. Toolbars and extensions are disabled by default.
In the Microsoft Edge browser, click on the 3-dotted link and select New InPrivate window.
Read: What does Private or Incognito mode do and not do?
Launch Incognito Mode in Chrome
The Incognito browsing mode in Chrome lets you browse in stealth mode. When you use this mode, webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito aren’t recorded in your browsing and download histories. All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you’ve opened. Moreover, changes made to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are always saved.
To start it, click on the Chrome menu and select > New incognito window. The keyboard shortcut for Chrome is Ctrl+Shift+N.
Like all the other browsers, you can right-click on the Chrome taskbar icon and select New incognito window.
Do note that when you start private browsing, the color of the private windows icon in its top-left corner will change color or sport a new icon.
Start Private Browsing in Firefox
In a Private Browsing window, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files. However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept.
To launch the Mozilla Firefox browser in private browsing mode, click on Settings > New Private Window. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P works here too.
Like IE, you can also right-click on the Firefox taskbar icon and select New private window.
Start private browsing in Opera
When you opt for private browsing using Opera, when you close the window, Opera will delete browsing history, items in the cache, Cookies for this webpage.
To do so, click on the Opera settings button > New private window. For Opera, the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+N.
Right-clicking on the Opera taskbar icon and selecting New private window will also start private browsing.
Start InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer
To launch InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer, click on Settings > Safety > InPrivate Browsing. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P to launch it.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the IE taskbar icon and select Start InPrivate Browsing.
Tomorrow we will see how you can disable private browsing, should you wish to – for whatever reasons!