How to launch or start a web browser in a Private or incognito session

You have a few options to launch or start each web browser in a Private or Incognito session.  InPrivate in Microsoft Edge, Private Browsing in Safari, Incognito in Chrome, Private window in Firefox and Opera.

Start Incognito Mode in Chrome

  • To launch Incognito In Chrome click on the 3-dots (top right-corner) and select > New incognito window.


  • With Chrome open the keyboard shortcut for Chrome is Ctrl+Shift+N to launch the Incognito session.


  • Right-click on the Chrome taskbar icon and select New incognito window

Start InPrivate window in Edge browser

  • In the Microsoft Edge browser, click on the 3-dots (top right-corner) and select New InPrivate window.


  • With Edge open the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N to launch the InPrivate Browsing session


  • Right-click on the Edge taskbar icon and select New InPrivate window.

Start Private Browsing in Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox browser in private browsing mode, click on 3-lines (top right-corner) > New Private Window.


  • With Firefox open the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P to launch the Private session.


  • Right-click on the Firefox taskbar icon and select New private window

Start private browsing in Opera

  • To launch Opera click on Customize and control Opera click on New private window.


  • With Opera open the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+N.


  • Right-click on the Opera taskbar icon and select New private window will also start private browsing.

Start Private Browsing in Safari

iOS / IPhone / IPad:

  • Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap the tabs icon (two overlapping squares) in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  • Tap "Start Page" at the bottom where the down arrow is then tap “Private.”
  • Tap the "+" icon to open a new private browsing tab.

macOS / Mac:

  • Open a Safari window on your Mac.
  • Click on "File" in the top-left corner of the menu bar.
  • Select "New Private Window" from the dropdown menu. A new window with a dark address bar will open, indicating that you're now in private browsing mode.
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