How to Always start Edge in InPrivate Browsing Mode

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to always start or launch Microsoft Edge in InPrivate browsing mode in Windows 10.

By default, Microsoft Edge will remember your web browsing history, cookies, tracking and other web data.

This is can be helpful in many cases, especially when you’re visiting your favorite websites and don’t always want to completely type the address in the address bar.

Your favorite websites will auto complete, your saved passwords will get you to login without typing and many more useful features are available in Edge standard mode.

However, some people would like a little more privacy and they can do that with InPrivate browsing mode with Microsoft Edge.

Edge InPrivate browsing mode tells the browser not to locally store your browsing history, cookies, tracking, site data, or any information you type in forms between sessions.

To get started with automatically opening Microsoft Edge InPrivate mode, follow the steps below:

Launch Edge in InPrivate Mode

To access Edge in InPrivate mode from the standard session, simply open the browser, then at the top right corner, click on the three horizontal dots.

Then select New InPrivate window. You can also quickly open InPrivate mode using the keyboard. Type Ctrl + Shift + N to open it.

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That should do it!

Always open in InPrivate Mode

If you want to always start Edge in InPrivate mode, open Edge, then right click Edge icon from the taskbar, and then in the popup, right click Microsoft Edge and select Properties.

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This will open Edge properties window. In the Shortcut tab, locate the Target text field.

The Target field will have a line similar to the one below:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory=Default
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We’re going to change the text in the Target field and append the -inprivate option.


So the new target field text will look like this.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory=Default -inprivate

Click Ok to save the changes and exit.

The next time you open Edge it will open in InPrivate mode.

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One thing to remember is Edge will only open in InPrivate mode when you launch it from the icon you modify from the taskbar, or icon you modify from the desktop.

You can also modify Edge icon from the Start menu by going to the path below:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Then modifying the icon there to include the -inprivate option.

To remove the InPrivate mode, simply right-click the icon and go to properties and delete the option you added.


This post showed you how to always open Microsoft Edge in InPrivate mode in Windows.

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