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How to turn on private browsing in Microsoft Edge

Google’s Incognito Mode is widely known, but did you know Microsoft Edge offers its own privacy browser in the form of InPrivate browsing?

We’ve created this guide to show how you turn on the privating browsing mode in Edge, just in case you prefer using Microsoft’s browser over Google Chrome. 

For those unaware, InPrivate browsing will prevent Microsoft from storing your browsing activity. This may be useful if you don’t want anyone who uses your PC to know what you’ve been looking at online, whether it’s a surprise present on Amazon, or want to hide your shame of watching PewDiePie on YouTube. 

Before we get started, it’s important to remember that using InPrivate browsing will not hide your activity from your school, employer, or Internet service provider. If you crave more privacy, then we recommend using a VPN instead. 

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What we used

  • A Windows laptop
  • Microsoft Edge

The Short Version

  • Open up Microsoft Edge
  • Click on the three dots in top-right corner
  • Select New InPrivate Window
  • Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut
  1. Step

    Open up Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge should be installed on your computer by default if you’re using Windows. Search for it via the Windows search bar, and then open it.
    How to turn on Microsoft Edge private browsing

  2. Step

    Click on the three dots in top-right corner

    The three dots should be located in the top-right corner of your Microsoft Edge browser. Clicking this should open a drop-down menu for settings.
    How to turn on Microsoft Edge private browsing

  3. Step

    Select New InPrivate Window

    This should be the third option down, right below New Window.How to turn on Microsoft Edge private browsing

  4. Step

    Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut

    When Microsoft Edge is open, using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N can be used to turn on private browsing. This is the exact same shortcut that Google uses for Incognito, making it easier to remember.How to turn on Microsoft Edge private browsing


What is the difference between InPrivate browsing and normal browsing?

When activating InPrivate browsing, the browser will automatically delete your browsing activity so the next person who uses the PC won’t be able to see which websites you’ve been visiting. It also stops Microsoft Bing from remembering what you’ve searched for, preventing it from making automatic completion suggestions based on your web searches. 

Is InPrivate browsing the same as Incognito?

Yes, InPrivate offers the exact same functionality as Google’s Incognito. The only difference is that it’s used on the Microsoft Edge browser instead.

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