How to start private browsing sessions in your web browser

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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4. Use private browsing in Internet Explorer

As we already mentioned, Microsoft’s browsers support private browsing as well, and Internet Explorer is no exception. To start private browsing in Internet Explorer, you just need to do the following:

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. In the top right corner click the Gear icon and choose Safety > InPrivate Browsing.

After doing that, a new private browsing window will appear and it won’t save your history or cookies while using it. In addition, this browsing mode will disable all extensions and toolbars once you start it.

If you want to quickly start a private browsing session in Internet Explorer, you can do so by using Ctrl + Shift + P shortcut.

Just like Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer doesn’t allow you to quickly open links in private browsing mode.

The option is missing from the context menu, so if you want to visit any specific website, you need to start private browsing mode manually and enter the desired URL in the private browsing window.

Internet Explorer also allows you to quickly start InPrivate Browsing mode right from its Taskbar or Start Menu shortcut. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Locate Internet Explorer shortcut on your Taskbar or in Start Menu.
  2. Right-click the shortcut and choose the Start InPrivate Browsing option from the menu.

This is a great way to start a private browsing session in Internet Explorer without starting the regular session first.

If you want, you can also modify Internet Explorer’s shortcut and force it to always start in InPrivate Browsing mode. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Locate Internet Explorer shortcut, right-click it and choose Properties from the menu.
  2. In the Target field add -private after the quotes. Now click on Apply and OK to save changes.

After doing that, you can use this shortcut to always start Internet Explorer in private browsing mode. If you want to start it in normal mode, be sure to use any other shortcut.


Private browsing mode is quite useful, especially if you want to protect your online activity and privacy from other users on your PC.

We showed you how to start a private browsing session in all major browsers, so if you haven’t used this feature before feel free to try it out and share your experience with us by reaching for the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.