How to Force Start Your Web Browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome) in Private Browsing Mode by Default

Written By Sam on 25 January 2011
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Usually when you browse anything on your favorite browser stores some information such as browsing history, cookies, images, videos and text within cache. But at times you may need your browser not to store your data and in those cases you can use the “Private Mode Browsing”. Different browsers uses different keywords for this private browsing viz – “Private Browsing”, “InPrivate Browsing”, “Incognito Mode” etc.

How to Always Open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode

Google Chrome calls the private browsing mode as Incognito mode. So at times when you want to browse in stealth mode you can use the Google Chrome’s incognito browsing mode. So with incognito mode Webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito aren’t recorded in your browsing and download histories and also all new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you’ve opened.

  • Create a Google Chrome shortcut on the Desktop.
  • Now right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties”.
  • In the “Target” field add “–incognito” (without quotes and double dash) at the end.
  • From now you can use the new shortcut that you created to launch Incognito mode.

To ensure that Google Chrome is running in “Incognito” mode just check the detective icon on the top left corner.

How to Start Firefox in Private Mode Browsing by Default

Firefox provides “Private Browsing”, which allows you to browse the Internet without Firefox saving any data about which sites and pages you have visited. You need to understand that Private Browsing prevents information from being recorded on your computer and it does not make you anonymous on the Internet. With Private Browsing Firefox will not retain visited pages, Form and Search Bar entries, Passwords, Download List entries, Cookies and Web cache files.

  • Create a Firefox shortcut on the Desktop.
  • Now right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties”.
  • In the “Target” field add “-private” (without quotes and single dash) at the end.
  • From now you can use the new shortcut that you created to launch Firefox always in private mode.

Always Start Firefox in a Private Browsing Session (Alternate Way)

There is a setting in the OptionsPreferences window which will automatically enable Private Browsing whenever you start Firefox and if you enter Private Browsing this way (Private Browsing) won’t show in the Firefox title bar.

  • At the top of the Firefox windowOn the menu bar, click on the Tools menu and select Options.
  • Select the Privacy panel.
  • Set Firefox will: to “Use custom settings for history”.
  • Now click to select “Automatically start Firefox in a private browsing session”.
  • Click OK to close the Options window

Alternatively you can launch Firefox, enter about:config in the URL bar and hit enter. The browser will prompt with a warning, just click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!”. Now search for “browser.privatebrowsing.autostart” and double click it to change the value to true. Close Firefox and the next time you browser, it will start in private browsing mode.

To ensure that Firefox is running in “Private” mode just check the spy icon.

How to Always Start Internet Explorer in InPrivate Browsing Mode by Default

InPrivate Browsing in IE enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail and this helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web. While you are surfing using InPrivate Browsing, Internet Explorer stores some information such as cookies, history and temporary Internet files—so that the webpages you visit will work correctly. However, at the end of your InPrivate Browsing session, this information is discarded.

  • Create a Internet Explorer shortcut on the Desktop.
  • Now right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties”.
  • In the “Target” field add “-private” (without quotes and single dash) at the end.
  • From now you can use the new shortcut that you created to launch Internet Explorer always in InPrivate mode.

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