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Web Browser - How to Browse in Private

Information about private browsing and how to open up a private or an incognito window within your selected web browser.


What is private browsing?

"Private browsing is a privacy feature present in some Web browsers that disables Web cache, cookies, browsing history or any other tracking feature that the browser may have. This allows the user to browse the Web without leaving traces such as local data that can later be retrieved. One major feature of private browsing is disabling data storage through cookies, which is a way for websites to track and record a user's activities.

Private browsing is also known as privacy mode or incognito mode (Techopedia, 2020)." 

Chrome

Open Google Chrome.

google chrome icon

Click on the three vertical dots found at the top right of the window. 

click three dots in top right corner

Select New incognito window.

click new incognito window

Additional Information:
  • Ctrl + Shift + N (Command + Shift +N) on your keyboard at the same time to enter into incognito browsing.
  • Information about browsing in private with Android, computer and iPhone/iPad from Google Support: Browse in Private
  • Alternate way for Mac: Select File up at the top left of the screen when Google Chrome is open and then click New Incognito Window.


Mac

Firefox

Open Firefox.

Fire fox icon

Click the three horizontal lines found at the top right of the window. 

click 3 bars in top right corner

Select New Private Window.

select new private window

Additional Information:
  • You can also hit the keys Ctrl + Shift + P (Command + Shif +P) on your keyboard at the same time when to enter into private browsing.
  • Alternate way for Mac: Select File up at the top left of the screen when Mozilla Firefox is open and then click New Private Window.

select file then click new private window

Edge

Open Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge Icon

Click the three horizontal dots found at the top right of the window. 

click the 3 dots in the top right corner of your window

Select New InPrivate window.

click the New InPrivate Window

Note: You can also hit the keys Ctrl + Shift + N (Command +Shift+N) on your keyboard at the same time to enter into private browsing. 

Safari

Open Safari

Safari Icon

Click File found at the top left of your screen.

Select file in the top right

Select New Private Window.

select New Private Window

Note: You can also hit the keys Shift + Command + N on your keyboard at the same time when you first open up Safari to enter into private browsing.
 


Keywordsbrowse, browser, web, private, window, incognito   Doc ID97629
OwnerDavid H.GroupUW-La Crosse
Created2020-02-05 10:57:47Updated2024-07-09 11:27:14
SitesUW-La Crosse
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