Create InPrivate Browsing Shortcut for Microsoft Edge Chromium

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How to Create InPrivate Browsing Shortcut for Microsoft Edge Chromium.

InPrivate browsing mode is special privacy-focused mode of Microsoft Edge. When you open an Edge window with InPrivate Browsing enabled, the browser does not retain cookies, temporary internet files, history, and other data related to your browsing activities. You can create a special shortcut to open a new Edge InPrivate window directly with one click. Here's how.

InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge is a window that implements the private browsing feature. While it doesn't save things like your browsing history, cookies, site and forms data, it allows you accessing your profile, bookmarks, etc. Actually, cookies remain saved during your InPrivate Browsing session, but will be deleted once you exit it.

InPrivate Browsing mode will only load extensions that you’ve explicitly allowed to run InPrivate.

It is also important to note that if you have an InPrivate window open and then you open another one, Edge will continue using your private browsing session in that new window. To exit and terminate InPrivate mode (e.g. to start a new Incognito browsing session), you need to close all InPrivate Browsing windows that you have currently open.

Some internal browser pages like Settings, Bookmarks, Browsing history do not work in InPrivate mode. They always open in a normal browsing window.

Microsoft Edge Chromium allows you to create a shortcut that will open a new InPrivate window directly with one click. Here's how it can be done.

Note: I will use the %ProgramFiles(x86)% and %ProgramFiles% environment variables for the shortcut target.

To Create InPrivate Browsing Shortcut for Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Right-click the empty space on your Desktop, and select New > Shortcut from the context menu.
  2. In the shortcut target box, type the path to the msedge.exe file followed by the -inprivate argument.
  3. For a 32-bit Windows version, the command line looks as follows: "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -inprivate.
  4. For 64-bit Windows versions, the shortcut target usually looks as follows: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -inprivate.
  5. Name your shortcut as Microsoft Edge InPrivate.
  6. Change its icon if needed.

You are done!

Now, you can move this shortcut to any convenient location, pin it to taskbar or to Start, add to All apps or add to Quick Launch (see how to enable Quick Launch). You can also assign a global hotkey to your shortcut.

Also, you can

Make Your Shortcut Open an URL in InPrivate Browsing

You might want to open a specific web site always in InPrivate Browsing mode. In this case, you can add its address (URL) to the shortcut target. For instance, you can create a shortcut with the following target:

"%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -inprivate


"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" -inprivate

Then every time you click on the shortcut you will have Winaero opened in an InPrivate window.

That's it!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Create InPrivate Browsing Shortcut for Microsoft Edge Chromium”

  1. Thank you So Much! Sergey… I am habitual of opening browser in Incognito Mode, It annoys me to first Right click the browser icon then select Incognito Mode… Now I feel free.

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