How to Start InPrivate or Incognito Browsing

The browsers that we commonly use these days for our search are by default tuned to keep a track of all our activities and the most interesting fact about them is that they do this very silently without even your consent. Sometimes, this situation can prove to be alarming for you because you might not want anyone to know about your search history or any other activity that you perform while surfing the Internet, etc.

InPrivate Browsing enables you to achieve this goal. Whenever you enable the InPrivate Browsing mode in any browser, you prevent it from saving your search history, cookies, login credentials, etc. In this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can start InPrivate Browsing in the most frequently used browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera Mini.

How to Start Private Browsing in Microsoft Edge?

In this method, we will explain to you how you can start Private Browsing while using Microsoft Edge browser. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Type Microsoft Edge in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result in order to launch the Microsoft Edge browser. Alternatively, you can also double click on the shortcut icon of Microsoft Edge browser located on your taskbar or desktop. The newly opened Microsoft Edge browser window is shown in the following image:
Microsoft Edge Browser
  1. Now click on the three dots located at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge window as highlighted in the image shown above.
  2. As soon as you will click on it, a pop-up menu will appear on your screen. Select the New InPrivate Window option from this menu in order to start Private Browsing in Microsoft Edge as highlighted in the image shown below:
Selecting the New InPrivate Window

How to Start Private Browsing in Google Chrome?

In this method, we will explain to you how you can start Private Browsing while using Google Chrome browser. Private Browsing mode in Google Chrome is known as the Incognito mode. In order to enable it, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Right click on the shortcut icon of the Google Chrome browser located on your desktop in order to launch a cascading menu as shown in the following image:
Google Chrome Properties
  1. Now click on the Properties option from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
  2. In the Google Chrome Properties window, add “-incognito” while leaving a space after the text written inside the textbox corresponding to the Target field as highlighted in the image shown below:
Type -incognito in the Target Field
  1. Click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button in order to save your settings as highlighted in the image shown above.

How to Start Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox?

In this method, we will explain to you how you can start Private Browsing while using the Mozilla Firefox browser. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Type Mozilla Firefox in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the Mozilla Firefox browser. Alternatively, you can also double click on the shortcut icon of Mozilla Firefox browser located on your taskbar or desktop. The newly opened Mozilla Firefox browser window is shown in the following image:
Mozilla Firefox Browser
  1. Now click on the Navigation Drawer located at the top right corner of the Mozilla Firefox window as highlighted in the image shown above.
  2. As soon as you will click on it, a cascading menu will appear on your screen. Select the Options heading from this menu as highlighted in the image shown below:
Options Tab
  1. In the Options window, click on the Privacy and Security tab as shown in the following image:
Privacy and Security Tab
  1. Now scroll down to the History section and select the Never Remember History option from the dropdown list corresponding to the field saying, “Firefox will” as highlighted in the image shown below:
Select Never Remember History Option
  1. Finally, restart your Mozilla Firefox browser in order for the changes to take effect.

How to Start Private Browsing in Internet Explorer?

In this method, we will explain to you how you can start Private Browsing while using Internet Explorer browser. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Right click on the shortcut icon of the Internet Explorer browser located on your desktop in order to launch a cascading menu as shown in the following image:
Internet Explorer Properties
  1. Now click on the Properties option from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
  2. In the Internet Explorer Properties window, add “-private” while leaving a space after the text written inside the textbox corresponding to the Target field as highlighted in the image shown below:
Type -private in the Target Field
  1. Click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button in order to save your settings as highlighted in the image shown above.

How to Start Private Browsing in Opera Mini?

In this method, we will explain to you how you can start Private Browsing while using the Opera Mini browser. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Type Opera Mini in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result in order to launch the Opera Mini browser. Alternatively, you can also double click on the shortcut icon of the Opera Mini browser located on your taskbar or desktop. The newly opened Opera Mini browser window is shown in the following image:
Opera Mini Browser
  1. Now click on the Opera icon located at the top left corner of the Opera Mini browser window in order to launch a cascading menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
  2. Select the New Private Window option from this menu in order to start Private Browsing in Opera Mini browser as highlighted in the image shown below. Alternatively, you can also press Ctrl+ Shift+ N to do this.
Select New Private Window Option

By following the methods discussed in this article, you can easily start Private Browsing in any browser that you are habitual of using and prevent it from spying on you by saving your browsing history.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.