Enable Extensions in Private Mode in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser app in Windows 10. It's a Universal (Store) app which has extension support, a fast rendering engine and a simplified user interface. If you are using Its InPrivate feature frequently, you might want to enable your favorite extensions in private mode. Let's see how it can be done.


Edge got a lot of changes with recent releases of Windows 10. The browser now has extension support, EPUB support, a built-in PDF reader, the ability to export passwords and favorites and a number of other useful functions like the ability to go Full screen with a single key stroke. In Windows 10 Creators Update, Edge got support for tab groups (Set Tabs Aside). In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the browser has been updated with Fluent Design.

Another great feature of the Microsoft Edge web browser is the ability to print web pages without ads, extra decorations and styles. Check out the following article.

Print Web Pages Clutter-Free in Microsoft Edge

Finally, you can make Microsoft Edge read the contents of a PDF, EPUB file, or a web page using the built-in Read Aloud feature of the browser.

The browser allows making specific extensions available in InPrivate windows. This can be done for each extension individually.

To enable Extensions in Private Mode in Microsoft Edge, do the following.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings button with three dots to open the main menu.
  3. Select Extensions in the menu.Edge Extensions Menu Item
  4. The browser will display your installed extensions and some recommended extensions. Hover with your mouse pointer over an installed extension that you would like to allow in private mode and click on the gear icon.
    Edge Extension Options Icon
  5. On the next page, enable the option Allow for InPrivate browsing.Enable Extensions In Private Mode In Edge

You are done. Now, let's ensure that everything works as expected. Open a new InPrivate window. Click on the menu button -> New InPrivate window.

Edge Open New Private Mode

All the extensions you've configured for InPrivate browsing should be available. In my case, I have Ghostery accessible.

Edge Ghostery Inprivate

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.

2 thoughts on “Enable Extensions in Private Mode in Microsoft Edge”

  1. What does Ghostery do to your web browser? I’m interested in it and would rather find out from someone who knows about it.

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