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)." 



Google Chrome 

1. Open up Google Chrome.

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


3. Select New incognito window


*Note: You can also hit the keys Ctrl + Shift + N  on your keyboard at the same time when you first open up Google Chrome 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 Users: Select File up at the top left of the screen when Google Chrome is open and then click New Incognito Window.  





Mozilla Firefox

1. Open up Mozilla Firefox.

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


3. Select New Private Window


*Note: You can also hit the keys Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard at the same time when you first open up Mozilla Firefox to enter into private browsing. 

*Alternate way for Mac Users: Select File up at the top left of the screen when Mozilla Firefox is open and then click New Private Window





Microsoft Edge 

1. Open up Microsoft Edge. 

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


3. Select New InPrivate window.


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



Internet Explorer (PC/Windows Only) 

1. Open up Internet Explorer

2. Click on the Settings icon (looks like a gear) found at the top right of the window. 


3. Select Safety and then InPrivate Browsing. 


*Note: You can also hit the keys Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard at the same time when you first open up Mozilla Firefox to enter into private browsing.



Safari (Mac Only) 

1. Open up Safari. 

2. Click File found at the top left of your screen. 


3. 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. 



*Need more help with your web browser in general? Then check out the KB article "Web Browser - What is a Web/Internet Browser?" for more information and for web browser support links. 





Keywords:browse, browser, web, private, window, incognito   Doc ID:97629
Owner:Erin B.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-02-05 10:57 CDTUpdated:2020-09-03 08:13 CDT
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