How To Always Open Browsers in InPrivate or Incognito Mode

The private browsing modes offered by web browsers can help to keep your Internet sessions private from other users of the same computer. In simple words, Private browsing (Incognito or InPrivate Browser modes)  won’t retain your browsing data, browsing history, cookies, and more. However, people could forget and mix up opening a browser, directly navigating and moving into the private browsing mode, and searching. This post will guide you on how you can create a simple shortcut to open the web browser directly in private/incognito mode in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

How To Always Open Browsers in InPrivate or Incognito Mode

When one goes online through a web browser, the browser tends to store data about your searches and online activity to make it easier for you to revisit websites. Browsers can also store web-based content like your usernames and passwords to fasten up the log-in process. While this can be helpful in the short-term, one wouldn’t want this information shared with other users.

We will be listing methods for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox InPrivate modes as they are the three most common browsers used on Windows devices

  1. On Google Chrome
  2. On Microsoft Edge
  3. On Firefox

1] On Google Chrome

Always Open Chrome Incognito

Defaulting Chrome to open always in incognito mode is quite simple; here’s how to do so:

  • Navigate, Select, and right-click on the Chrome icon.
  • From the drop-down that pops up, choose the button stating Properties.
  • Add -incognito to the end of the text in the box with the title Target box. That’s a space, a dash, and then the word incognito.
  • Click OK.

From now on, whenever you open Chrome, it will by default open in an incognito window.

2] On Microsoft Edge

Always Open Edge Incognito

Defaulting Edge to open always in incognito mode is quite simple and the same as doing it for Chrome. However, here’s a simple guide on how to do so:

  • Navigate, Select, and right-click on the Edge icon.
  • From the drop-down that pops up, choose the button stating Properties.
  • Add -inprivate to the end of the text in the box with the title Target box. That’s a space, a dash, and then the word inprivate.
  • Click OK.

With this, the next time you open Edge, you’ll notice it opening in a private mode.

3]On Mozilla Firefox

Always Open Firefox Incognito

Unlike Chrome and Edge, Mozilla offers an easy and built-in way to default Firefox to open in a private window. Here’s where you can find the option and turn it on:

  • Open Firefox and navigate to Menu -> Options.
  • Navigate to the Privacy tab present on the left side of the window to access your privacy settings
  • Next, Under History, from the Firefox will box select Never remember history.
  • Upon choosing this, you’ll be prompted to restart the browser.

Interestingly, Firefox will always use the same environment as it uses in private mode, although it won’t disclose its normal browsing interface. It will just look like a normal Firefox browser window but act as a private window.

Start where you left Exactly in the Browser.

When you leave reading a web page in between, it is evident that you would always want to start from the same place, especially when you are somewhere in the middle. Rather than bookmarking the page, which most browsers offer, remember the URL or the page in the form of Bookmarks. Here’s a simple way to avoid the hassle with Chrome extensions inbuilt settings in the browser.

With that said, Which browser do you prefer on your Windows PC? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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