How to Start a Web Browser in Private Mode by Default

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Private browsing mode in web browsers enables you to browse the internet without storing your browsing details such as browsing history, cookies, etc. All the details about your browsing session will be automatically erased on exit.

Most of the web browsers enable you to easily switch to the private browsing mode. However, if you change the settings you can launch the browser in private mode by default.

The following sections guide you as to how to set private mode as the default browsing mode for each browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Setting Private mode as the default browsing mode in Firefox is pretty easy.

i. Open your Firefox browser and click on Tools > Options. In the Options window, select the Privacy tab. The Privacy tab has all the options related to your browsing sessions.

firefox-options1ii. From the first drop-down box i.e. Firefox will select Use custom settings for history.

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iii. Check the option titled Automatically start Firefox in a private browsing session and click on the OK button.

The next time you start Firefox, it will automatically launch in private mode.

Alternate Method:

You can also start Firefox in private mode by editing the shortcut to the browser.

i. Right click on the Firefox shortcut and select Properties. The properties dialog box will appear.

ii. In the Target box, enter -private at the end of the command.(Note: Enter it after a space at the end of the line. )

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iii. Click on Apply and then OK. The next time you start Firefox, it will be launched in private browsing mode.

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, the private browsing mode is called Incognito mode. Google Chrome doesn’t allow you to open the browser in Incognito mode by default from within the browser. Hence, you will have to edit the shortcut to launch the browser in Incognito mode.

i. Right click on the Google Chrome shortcut and click on Properties. The properties dialog box will appear.

ii. In the Target box enter –incognito at the end of the command. (Enter it after a space at the end of the line.)

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iii. Apply the settings and click on OK.

The next time you launch Google Chrome, you will notice a detective-like icon in the upper, left corner of the window indicating that you are running in the incognito mode.

Opera

Opera has two methods for private browsing. You can open a separate window for private browsing or open a new private tab in the current window. However, the command line switch (i.e editing the shortcut) only enables you to open a new private tab.

i. Right click on the Opera shortcut and click on Properties.

ii. In the Properties dialog box, locate the Target box. At the end of the command in the target box enter -newprivatetab after a space.

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iii. Apply the changes and click on OK.

On launching Opera, you will notice a blank private browsing tab with your default startup option.

opera-private-browsing-tabMicrosoft Internet Explorer 8

The private browsing mode in Internet Explorer is called InPrivate. Follow the steps given below to start Internet Explorer in InPrivate mode by default.

i. Right click on the Internet Explorer shortcut and select Properties.

ii. At the end of the command in the Target box, enter -private after a space.

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The next time you open Internet Explorer, you will notice a message stating “InPrivate is turned on” indicating that you are browsing in the private mode.

internet-explorer-inprivateIn this post we have tried to cover some of the major browsers. If you know any other method or any other browser tricks, let us know.

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