How to start private browsing sessions in your web browser


Milan Stanojevic
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Solution 3 – Use private browsing feature in Opera

Just like all other major browsers, Opera also supports private browsing feature. In addition to private browsing, this browser also has a built-in Opera VPN tool that you can use if you want extra security and privacy.

To start private browsing session in Opera, you need to do the following:

  1. In the top left corner click the Menu icon. The icon usually has Opera logo next to it, so you’ll easily recognize it.
  2. Now choose New private window option from the menu.
  3. After doing that, a new private browsing window will appear.

Just like all other browsers, Opera also has a keyboard shortcut for private browsing so you can quickly activate it. To start private browsing, simply press Ctrl + Shift + N.

If needed, you can also open any link in private browsing window with ease. To do that, follow these simple steps:

  1. Locate the link that you want to open.
  2. Right click it and choose Open link in private window from the menu.
  3. After doing that, the selected link will open in a private browsing window.

You can also start Opera in private browsing mode using its Taskbar or Start Menu icon. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Locate Opera’s shortcut on your Taskbar or in Start Menu.
  2. Right click the shortcut and choose New private window from the menu.

This method is rather useful if you want to start Opera in private mode without starting it in regular mode first.

If you want to run Opera in private browsing mode by default, you can do so by changing its shortcut properties. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Locate Opera’s shortcut, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Once the Properties window opens, locate the Target field and add –private after the quotes. Click on Apply and OK to save changes.
  3. If you get a security prompt, click on Continue.

After doing that, you just need to use that shortcut and Opera will automatically start in private browsing mode. Keep in mind that only this shortcut will start Opera in private mode meaning you can use the regular shortcut to start it normally.

Opera supports private browsing, but it also has a built-in VPN feature that can offer extra layer of security. Other browsers also support VPN, but in order to use it, you need to download various third-party plugins.

By default, Opera offers its own VPN, so if you want to protect your online privacy from your ISP, you might want to try Opera.

Solution 4 – 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 New InPrivate window.

After doing that, 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.

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