How to Always Start Microsoft Edge in InPrivate Browsing Mode on Windows 10

How to Always Start Microsoft Edge in InPrivate Browsing Mode on Windows 10

If you use Microsoft Edge on a shared Windows 10 computer and want to keep your browsing history by default, you can make Edge always launch in InPrivate mode. This is how you do it.

What is InPrivate Mode?

InPrivate is the name of Microsoft Edge private browsing mode. When using InPrivate, Edge clears your local browsing history when you close all windows browsers. Bookmarks and files that you download will be saved unless you delete them manually. It also prevents Bing search from being associated with your Microsoft account.

However, InPrivate does not prevent tracking your activities on the Internet. Your website, ISP, or network hosting organization (such as your school or office) can still see your web activity by tracking your IP address or through other methods.

How to Always Start Microsoft Edge in Private Mode on Windows 10

To launch Edge already in InPrivate mode, we need to change the command line options in the shortcut that launches Edge. Even though it might seem scary, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.

First, find the shortcut that you use to launch Edge. Maybe it’s in the Start Menu, Desktop, or in your taskbar. We need to change the properties. For example, if you have an Edge icon pinned to the taskbar, right-click on it. When the menu appears, right-click on the word “Microsoft Edge,” then select “Properties.”


The Properties window will appear. On the “Shortcut” tab, look for the text box next to the word “Target.” It contains a path to the Edge application that you run every time you click on a shortcut.


We will add something to the end of the path in the Target box. Click and position your cursor on the far right side. Press SPACEBAR and type “-inprivate” after the path is registered in the Target box.

The box must now include a path to the Edge application, then a space, then a dash, and the word “in privacy” at the end.


Click “OK” to close the Properties window. (If you get a warning when clicking “Apply,” just ignore it and click “OK.”)

The next time you open Edge from a shortcut, the application will start in InPrivate mode.


Be aware that Edge will only start in InPrivate mode if you launch it from a shortcut that you have modified.

If you have problems launching Edge from a modified shortcut, check to make sure that you didn’t enter a typo in the “Target” box. If you still experience problems after that, delete the shortcut, create a new one, and try modifying again.

How to delete the InPrivate Mode

If you like Edge to always launch in normal mode again, you can open shortcuts and clear the “-private” option in the “Target” path, or simply delete the shortcut and create a new one.

After everything is done, consider setting up a Windows 10 user account for each person on your machine. You won’t worry too much about maintaining your browsing history, and you will also be able to customize the Windows 10 experience as much as desired.

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