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How to start the web browser in incognito mode?

Updated on: 2017-08-20 11:32:11 UTC

Introduction

Privacy mode or private browsing or incognito mode is a privacy feature in some web browsers to disable logging of browsing history and web cache. This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved later. This mode also disables the storage of data in cookies and Flash cookies.

How to start web browser in Incognito Mode

This guide will show you how to start an entire web session in Incognito mode.

A. Google Chrome

  1. Find the Google Chrome shortcut you use to launch Chrome and right click on it.
  2. Now select Properties from the menu that will appear.



  3. This will open the Google Chrome Properties, add “ -incognito” (i.e., first space then a dash and then the word incognito) to the end of the Target box in the Shortcut tab.



  4. Now click on Apply and then on OK to save the changes.
  5. Google Chrome will now start in incognito mode when you launch it via this shortcut. If you use other shortcuts to launch Google Chrome, you will need to modify them, too.
  6. In case you wish to open only 1 tab in incognito mode just press on Ctrl + Shift + N

B. Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to the Firefox browser and click the Firefox open menu button.
  2. Now click on the options button.



  3. Select Privacy icon and choose “Never remember history” from the dropdown.



  4. Firefox will now use the same settings it uses in private-browsing mode till the time you change it again.

C. Internet Explorer

  1. Find the Internet Explorer shortcut you use to launch IE and right click on it.
  2. Now select Properties from the menu that will appear.



  3. This will open the IE Properties, add “ -private” (i.e., first space then a dash and then the word private) to the end of the Target box in the Shortcut tab.



  4. Now click on Apply and then on OK to save the changes.
  5. IE will now start InPrivate browsing mode when you launch it via this shortcut. If you use other shortcuts to launch Google Chrome, you will need to modify them, too.

D. Opera

  1. Find the Opera shortcut you use to launch Opera and right click on it.
  2. Now select Properties from the menu that will appear.



  3. This will open the Opera Properties window, add “ -newprivatetab” (i.e., first space then a dash and then the word newprivatetab) to the end of the Target box in the Shortcut tab.



  4. Now click on Apply and then on OK to save the changes.
  5. Opera will now open a private-browsing tab whenever you launch this shortcut. If you use other shortcuts to launch Google Chrome, you will need to modify them, too.

E. Safari

  1. Launch Safari on your MAC.



  2. Click on File menu and select New Private Mode or hold the command and shift keys and type N.



  3. This will open a new window different from what you see usually, this is the private browsing window.

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