How to Disable InPrivate Mode in Microsoft Edge

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to disable InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge browser with Windows 10 and specifies whether users can open pages in InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to disable or force enable InPrivate mode, and help protect your privacy, the steps below should show you how to do it.

By default, Microsoft Edge allows users to open web page InPrivate mode. This can help users browse privately with many features disabled, including tracking and web history. However, in some environments, this may go against company policy.

To get started with disabling InPrivate mode in Edge, follow the steps below:

Use InPrivate mode in Edge

By default, users can use InPrivate mode in Edge. This may be a good feature for personal use, however, in some business environments, this may go against business policy.

When you use InPrivate tabs or windows, your browsing data (like your history, temporary internet files, and cookies) isn’t saved on your PC once you’re done.

To use it in Microsoft Edge, select the Settings and More …. icon, and then New InPrivate window.

Or you can simply type the keys below on your keyboard to open Edge InPrivate mode.

Ctrl + Shift + N

Disable InPrivate mode via registry

You can also block InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge from Windows registry.

If you’re logged in as an administrator, you can also disable this feature via Windows registry. To do that, use the steps below:

Using Windows registry is one way to force all users on the system to block or disable InPrivate mode. There are multiples ways to do this in Windows, however, using Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way to do it.

To enable, press the Windows Key + on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.

In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.

regedit

When Windows registry opens, navigate to the path below. If you don’t see the Edge key, create one.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see existing InPrivateModeAvailability value already created.

If you don’t see Edge key or folder, create one.

Name the new DWORD value as:

InPrivateModeAvailability

After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 0 to make InPrivate mode available to all. 1 to disable it for all and 2 to force InPrivate mode all the time.

  • * Enabled 0 = InPrivate mode available
  • * Disabled 1 = InPrivate mode disabled
  • * Forced 2 = InPrivate mode forced

If you don’t configure this policy or set it to ‘Enabled‘, users can open pages in InPrivate mode. Set this policy to ‘Disabled‘ to stop users from using InPrivate mode. Set this policy to ‘Forced‘ to always use InPrivate mode.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to block InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge browser. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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