How to start private browsing sessions in your web browser

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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3. Use private browsing in Edge

So far we only covered third-party browsers, but Microsoft browsers such as Edge also support private browsing. Starting a private browsing session in Edge is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. In the top right corner click the menu icon and choose New InPrivate Window.
  3. After doing that, a new private browsing window will appear.

If you want to quickly start a private browsing session in Edge, you can use Ctrl + Shift + P shortcut. Edge doesn’t have a private browsing option in its context menu, and that’s its only flaw.

All previous entries on our list have this option allowing you to easily open the desired link in a private browsing window.

Unfortunately, with Edge, this option isn’t available, so if you want to open a specific link in a private browsing window you’ll have to copy it manually.

If you want, you can also start Edge in a private browsing mode right from its Taskbar or Start Menu shortcut. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click Microsoft Edge shortcut in your Taskbar or Start Menu.
  2. When the context menu appears, select the New InPrivate window.

After doing that, a new private browsing window will appear without starting Edge in a regular mode. Unlike other browsers, you can’t modify Edge’s shortcut and force it to always start in a private browsing mode.

As you can see, Microsoft Edge supports private browsing, but it lacks certain features that other browsers have.

If you’re a regular Edge user and you don’t need these options, you’ll find this private browsing feature more than useful.