While using Microsoft Edge, it is easy to quickly open a new InPrivate window with a keyboard shortcut. InPrivate is a special private browsing mode that does not save your local browsing history. Here’s how to do it.
First, open Edge. Depending on the platform you are using, press one of these two keyboard combinations:
- Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + N
- Mac: Press Command + Shift + N
Once you hit the appropriate keyboard shortcut, a new InPrivate window will open. (You can also open an InPrivate window at any time from the ellipses menu. Just choose “New InPrivate Window”
While browsing the InPrivate window, Edge does not save your browsing history, cookies, or saved form data. Downloaded files and bookmarks are kept unless you delete them manually.
The same goes for tabs that open while using InPrivate mode (to open a new one, press Ctrl + T on Windows and Linux or Command + T on Mac); as long as the tab is in an InPrivate window, local browsing activity is not safe there either.
If you are ever unsure whether you are in private browsing mode, check out the Edge toolbar. When InPrivate mode is active, you will see a small “InPrivate” logo next to the address bar. Edge also gets a darker color scheme while in InPrivate mode.
While InPrivate is useful for avoiding local browsing of your browsing history, keep in mind that it doesn’t protect your browsing activity from outside sources, such as tracking networks or Internet service providers like your ISP, school network, or employer.
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When you are done browsing privately, you can exit the mode by closing the InPrivate window. To do this, press the “X” in the top corner of the window or press Alt + F4 on Windows or Linux, or press Command + Shift + W on a Mac. Have fun browsing!