How to Turn on Private Browsing

Turn on private browsing to prevent your computer from saving a history of the pages you've visited on the Internet. Private browsing won't prevent your Internet provider or administrators on a company server from accessing your history.

Chrome

Private browsing in Chrome is called Incognito. To open an Incognito window in Chrome, click Settings. From the drop-down menu, click New Incognito Window.

Firefox

To open a Private window in Firefox, click Settings. From the drop-down menu, select New Private Window.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer calls private browsing InPrivate. To open an InPrivate window in Internet Explorer, click Settings. From the drop-down menu, select Safety and then InPrivate Browsing.

Safari

To browse privately in Safari, click Settings. From the drop-down menu, select Private Browsing. Unlike the other browsers, the current window changes rather than opening a new window.

In the pop-up window, click OK.

The search bar and the settings menu show that private browsing is on. Like the other browsers, the privacy setting must be turned on with each window opened.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alternately, turn on private browsing using the following keyboard shortcuts without accessing the settings menu.

  • Chrome: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N
  • Firefox: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + P
  • Internet Explorer: Ctrl + Shift + P
  • Safari: No shortcut as of June 2015.