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How to enter Firefox’s private browsing mode with a keyboard shortcut



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If you’re browsing the web with Mozilla Firefox and want to quickly open a private window, you don’t need to go to a menu. Here’s how to start private browsing in Firefox with just a keyboard shortcut on Windows, Linux and Mac.

First open ̵

6;Firefox’. While a Firefox window is active, press one of the following keyboard shortcuts, depending on your computer platform.

  • Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl + Shift + P
  • Mac: Press Command + Shift + P

After that, a new private window will open.

An example of a Firefox Private window on Windows 10.

You can always see it in private mode, because Firefox will include a special ‘private’ logo in the toolbar that looks like a silhouette of a carnival mask in a circle.

The Firefox Private browsing mask logo in Windows 10.

If you are using a private window, Firefox will not save your browser history, cookies or saved form data once you close the window. However, you still need to manually clear downloads and bookmarks if you added them during your private session.

Once you’re in a private window, you can open as many tabs as you want with Ctrl + T (or the Firefox menu), and those are covered by private mode features too.

It’s worth noting that while private mode can protect you from accidental snooping on your local computer, it won’t protect your browsing history from websites you visit, ad tracking networks, or whatever means you use to connect to the Internet, such as your school, work, or internet service provider.

RELATED: How private browsing works and why it doesn’t provide complete privacy

When you’re done with Private mode, close the window the standard way, or you can use Alt + F4 on Windows and Linux or Command + Shift + W on a Mac. Have fun browsing the web!




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