Private browsing mode is a feature of the Edge browser designed to not record the history of your web surfing. When you open a new private window, Microsoft Edge does not keep cookies, temporary internet files, history, and other data related to your browsing activities. When the Private browsing session window is closed, this data is cleared. The Private mode is useful when you are using Edge on a shared computer. Here is how to activate the Private mode in Edge.
Windows 10 comes with a new default browser, Microsoft Edge. It's a Universal app (UWP). Edge has been slowly gaining features ever since it debuted in Windows 10 RTM Build 10240. Microsoft released Edge as the successor to Internet Explorer to provide a smoother experience and modern web standards support. While it started as a barebones app, it already got a lot of useful features like extensions, EPUB support, Set Tabs Aside (Tab Groups), Tab Previews, and a dark theme. In more recent releases of Windows 10, it is also protected by Windows Defender Application Guard.
Let's see how you can switch Edge into Private mode. There are two possible methods to get it done.
To run Microsoft Edge in Private Mode, do the following.
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click the Settings button with the three dots.
- In the menu, click the New InPrivate window option. This will open a new window in private mode.
To save your time, you can run Edge in Private mode right from the taskbar. You need to have Edge pinned to the taskbar. By default, the app already has its shortcut on the taskbar, unless you have unpinned it manually.
Run Microsoft Edge in Private Mode directly
- Right click the Edge icon in the taskbar.
- In the jump list, select New InPrivate window.
- A new InPrivate window will open immediately.
Unfortunately, Edge doesn't support private tabs like some other browsers. For a private data session, it always opens a new window. However, you can have tabs inside the private window. All tabs opened there won't save the history of websites you visited, temporary files, cookies and other data. To identify private windows, the browser shows a blue "InPrivate" badge next to the tab row. You can have both normal and private windows opened simultaneously.
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