How to start Edge or Internet Explorer in InPrivate mode

Internet Explorer has introduced a new feature called the InPrivate browsing mode. The InPrivate Browsing mode, lets you control whether or not IE should save your browsing history, cookies, and other data. This works for Microsoft Edge browser too.

InPrivate mode in Internet Explorer


While browsing in the InPrivate mode, the following takes place:

  1. New cookies are not stored
  2. New history entries will not be recorded
  3. New temporary Internet files will be deleted after the Private Browsing window is closed
  4. Form data is not stored
  5. Passwords are not stored
  6. Addresses typed into the address bar are not stored
  7. Queries entered into the search box are not stored
  8. Visited links will not be stored.

To browse in the InPrivate mode, in IE, click on Tools tab and select InPrivate Browsing or click Ctrl+Shift+P.  A new window will open, and you will see the following in your address bar.

If you prefer always to browse using Internet Explorer in the inPrivate mode, you may create a desktop shortcut using the following command line argument:

iexplore.exe -private

Copy-pasting this in the Start search box and hitting Enter will start you IE in this mode.

Open InPrivate window in Edge browser

InPrivate Browsing also helps prevent 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.

InPrivate window in Edge

In Microsoft Edge browser, click on the 3-dotted More link and select New InPrivate window.

Hope this helps!

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