How to Disable Private Browsing

By Zicheng Ren

Private browsing is a feature that Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome provide to protect your privacy while surfing the Internet and block websites from tracking your online behavior. However, if you want websites to remember you, if you want your browser to store your preferences and history, or if it's necessary for parental control, you do have the option to disable private browsing.

Disable InPrivate Browsing in IE

Step 1

Press the **Windows** and **R** keys together from any screen to open the Run dialog box. Type **gpedit.msc** to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Step 2

Click **Computer Configuration** to expand the list in the Console Tree and click the **Administrative Templates** folder. Choose **Internet Explorer** from among the list in the Windows Components folder.

Step 3

Click the **Privacy** sub-folder in the Internet Explorer folder and double-click the **Turn off InPrivate Browsing** setting in the window on the right side.

Step 4

Click the **Enabled** radio button and click **Apply** to apply the setting. Click **OK** to complete the task. The InPrivate Browsing option under Tools in the menu bar of IE will turn into an un-clickable selection after you apply this setting, thus disabling private browsing.

Disable Private Window in Firefox

Step 1

Open [Disable Private Browsing Add-on](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/disable-private-browsing-pl/) with the Firefox browser and click the **Add to Firefox** button.

Step 2

Click **Install Now** in the dialog box.

Step 3

Click **Restart Now** in the pop-up after the installation is complete and wait for Firebox to reboot in order to apply the change.

Step 4

Choose **New Private Window** from the Open menu to test the result.

Step 5

Confirm that private browsing has been disabled.

Disable Incognito in Chrome

Step 1

Open [Incognito Gone](http://download.cnet.com/Incognito-Gone/3000-2132_4-75651404.html) while using the Chrome browser and click **Disable** for the Google Chrome (Incognito Mode) option in the Incognito Gone dialog box.

Step 2

Click **Yes** to confirm the change. This change is irrevocable. Do not disable Incognito unless you want it to be disabled permanently. If you find later that you want Incognito back, you will need to uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome.

Step 3

Open Google Chrome and check the Customize and control Google Chrome menu. **New incognito window** no longer exists.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can recover private browsing by deleting the add-on in safe mode in Firefox. Click "Open Help Menu" in the Open menu and choose "Restart with Add-ons disabled..." in order to remove the "Disable Private Browsing Plus" add-on from the "Extensions" section.
  • To recover private browsing in IE, return to the Turn off InPrivate Browsing window and select the "Disable" radio button. Click "Apply" and "OK."
  • When browsing in Safari, you can use Parental Controls to limit sites that can be visited, but there is no equivalent to the private browsing options that IE, Google Chrome and Firefox have.