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Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing Mode by Default

Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing: Who does not want privacy? If you are browsing something which you do not like others to know, you obviously look for ways which can provide you complete privacy. In today’s world, one’s privacy is very important whether it is on the internet or in real life. While maintaining privacy in real life is your responsibility but on your computer, you need to make sure the application or platform you’re using has satisfactory privacy settings.

Whenever we use a computer to browse or search for anything like websites, movies, songs, any proxy, etc. our computer keeps track of all this data in form of browsing history, cookies, searches and any private data we stored such as passwords & usernames. Sometimes this browsing history or saved passwords are very helpful but to be honest they do more harm than good. As in today’s time, it is very risky and unsafe to give anybody an opportunity to look through what you’re doing on the internet or access any of your private data such as Facebook credentials, etc. It hinders our privacy.

But don’t worry, the good news is that you can protect your privacy easily while browsing the internet. To protect your privacy, all the modern browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, etc. come with a private browsing mode sometimes called Incognito mode (in Chrome).

Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing Mode by Default

Private Browsing Mode: Private Browsing mode is a mode which allows browsing on the Internet without leaving any traces of what you have done using your browser. It provides privacy and security to its users. It does not save any cookies, history, any searches, and any private data between browsing sessions and files you download. It is very useful when you are using any public computer. One incidence: Suppose you visit any Cyber café then you access your email id using any browser and you just close the window and forget to log out. Now what will happen is that other users can use your email id and access your data. But if you have used private browsing mode then as soon as you have closed the browsing window, you would have automatically logged out of your email. 

All web browsers have their own private browsing modes. Different browsers have a different name for the private browsing mode. For example “Incognito mode” in Google Chrome, “InPrivate window” in Internet Explorer, “Private window” in Mozilla Firefox and more.

By default, your browser opens in normal browsing mode which saves & tracks your history. Now you have an option to always start web browser in private browsing mode by default but most people do want to use private mode permanently. The only downside of private mode is that you won’t be able to save your login details and you will have to log in every time you want to access your account such as email, Facebook, etc. In private browsing mode, the browser doesn’t store cookies, passwords, history, etc. so as soon as you exit the private browsing window, you will be logged out of from your account or website which you were accessing.

The good thing about private browsing window is you can easily access it by clicking on the Menu button present at the top right corner and select the private mode in that particular browser. And this will not set the private browsing mode as default, so the next time you want to access it, you have to again open it. But don’t worry you can always change your settings again and set private browsing mode as your default browsing mode. Different browsers have different methods to set private browsing mode as the default mode, which we will discuss in the below guide.

Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing Mode by Default

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong. To set private browsing mode as the default mode in different browsers you need to follow the below process.

Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode by Default

To always start your web browser (Google Chrome) in private browsing mode follow the below steps:

1.Create a shortcut for Google Chrome on your desktop if one does not already exist. You can also access it from the taskbar or search menu.

Create a shortcut for Google Chrome on your desktop

2.Right-click the Chrome icon and select Properties.

3.In the target field, add “-incognito” at the end of the text as shown in the below figure.

Note: There must be a space between .exe and –incognito.

In target field add “-incognito” at the end of text | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing

4.Click Apply followed by OK to save your changes.

Click Ok to save your changes | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing by Default

Now Google Chrome will automatically start in incognito mode whenever you will launch it using this particular shortcut. But, if you launch it using other shortcut or another way it will not open in incognito mode. 

Always Start Mozilla Firefox in Private Browsing Mode

To always start your web browser (Mozilla Firefox) in private browsing mode follow the below steps:

1.Open Mozilla Firefox by clicking on its shortcut or search it using the Windows search bar.

Open Mozilla Firefox by clicking on its icon

2.Click on the three parallel lines (Menu) present at the top-right corner.

Open its menu by clicking at three dots at top-right corner

3.Click on Options from the Firefox Menu.

Select Options and click on it | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing by Default

4.From Options window, click on Private & Security from the left-hand menu.

Visit Private and Security option on the left side

5.Under History, from “Firefox will” dropdown choose “Use custom settings for history”.

Under History, from Firefox will dropdown choose “Use custom settings for history”

6.Now checkmarkAlways use private browsing mode”.

Now enable “Always use private browsing mode” | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing

7.It will prompt to restart Firefox, click Restart Firefox now button.

Prompt to restart Firefox now. Click on it

After you restart Firefox, it will open in private browsing mode. And now whenever you will open Firefox by default, it will always start in private browsing mode.

Always Start Internet Explorer in Private Browsing Mode by Default

To always start your web browser (Internet Explorer) in private browsing mode follow the below steps:

1.Create a shortcut for Internet Explorer on the desktop, if does not exist.

Create a shortcut for Internet Explorer on desktop

2.Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon and select Properties. Alternatively, you can also select properties option from icon present on taskbar or start menu.

Right-click on the icon and click on properties

3.Now add –private at end of target field as shown in the below figure. 

Note: There should be a space between .exe and –private.

Now add –private at add of target field | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing by Default

4.Click Apply followed by OK to apply changes.

Click on Ok to apply changes

Now, whenever you will launch Internet Explorer using this shortcut it will always start in InPrivate browsing mode.

Start Microsoft Edge in Private Browsing Mode by Default

Start Internet Explorer in Private Browsing Mode by Default

There is no way to always open Microsoft Edge in private browsing mode automatically. You have to manually open the private window every time you want to access it. To do so follow the below steps:

1.Open Microsoft Edge by clicking on its icon or by searching for it using the search bar.

Open Microsoft Edge by searching on search bar

2.Click on three dot icon present at the top-right corner.

Click on three dot icon present at top-right corner

3.Now click on New InPrivate window option.

Select New InPrivate window and click on it | Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing

Now, your InPrivate window i.e. private browsing mode will open and you can browse without any fear of your data or privacy being interfered by anyone.

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I hope this article was helpful and you can now Always Start Web Browser in Private Browsing Mode by Default, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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