How to Use InPrivate Browsing Mode in Edge Browser

Microsoft introduced a new Edge web browser with its new operating system Windows 10. This new Edge web browser offers a new interface and uses lesser system resources compared to its predecessor Microsoft Internet Explorer resulting in smoother performance. Like the Internet Explorer web browser, Edge browser also supports the InPrivate browsing mode that prevents your browsing data (like your temporary internet files, cookies, browsing history etc.) from being saved on your PC. Moreover, you can start the Edge browser in the InPrivate mode in a similar fashion as you would the Internet Explorer browser. Here is how:

One of the ways of launching the InPrivate mode in the Edge browser is to select the More actions (…) from the top-right corner and then select New InPrivate Window from the menu that appears. This will start a new window with InPrivate banner shown in the window itself – which is a way to indicate the InPrivate window.

InPrivate Mode in Edge Browser

Another way to launch Edge browser is to use the hotkey. Edge browser uses the same hotkey Ctrl+Shift+P as the Internet Explorer browser used to launch the InPrivate mode. The hotkey method is much quicker than accessing the InPrivate browsing mode through the menubar.

InPrivate Mode in Edge Browser

However, you cannot launch the Edge browser in the InPrivate browsing mode through the command line. This is because the Edge browser is a Metro app and does not really support command line parameters like its predecessor does. In the Internet Explorer, you could launch the InPrivate browsing mode by giving the command iexplore.exe -private from the command line interface or from the Run dialog.

Starting the InPrivate browsing mode (also called incognito mode in some other browsers) is pretty easy in the Edge browser. But it would have been much better if we were able to create a special command line shortcut to launch Edge directly into the InPrivate mode.