InPrivate is the name of the private browsing mode of the Microsoft Edge web browser. When enabled, Edge will delete your local browsing history when you close all browser windows.


If you use Microsoft Edge on a shared Windows 10 computer and would like to keep your browsing history private, you can make Microsoft Edge launch in InPrivate mode by default.



How to start Microsoft Edge in 'InPrivate' mode by default?


What is 'InPrivate' mode of Microsoft Edge?

The 'InPrivate Mode' deletes your browsing info when you close all InPrivate windows and prevents Microsoft Bing searches from being associated with you. Your bookmarks and downloaded files will be preserved unless you delete those manually.


However, the 'InPrivate' browsing doesn't hide your browsing from your school, employer, or Internet Service Provider (ISP). It also doesn't set additional protection from tracking by default, but you can manually set it when needed.


How to start Microsoft Edge in 'InPrivate' mode by default?

Microsoft Edge doesn't provide any direct settings to set the private browsing enabled by default whenever you run the browser. But you can pass a command-line parameter to the browser and keep it private always as below:


  1. First, you need to create a shortcut of the Microsoft Edge browser on the desktop or pin it to the Taskbar.
  2. Right-click on the Microsoft Edge icon and select "Properties".
  3. In the Properties pane, navigate to Shortcut.
  4. Then at the end of the Target field, give a space and then add "-InPrivate" as shown in the following screen.
  5. Click on the OK button to save the changes.


How to run Microsoft Edge in 'InPrivate' mode by default?


Now, next time when you launch the Microsoft Edge browser using that shortcut icon, it will by default open the browser window in the private mode. But it won't work if you launch the browser from any other shortcut icon or by clicking any link.



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