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How to always open your Internet browser in incognito mode by default

The  incognito mode of your browser does not leave any browsing traces on the PC, which is very useful if you are not the only one using it. If you want to keep your web activity private, you should consider starting your browser in the default incognito mode.

The idea with this is that whenever you open your browser it is activated in incognito mode to leave no browsing history. But remember that this only removes the browsing traces on your PC. Your activity can still be tracked from your network or by a spy tool. Here I will show you how you can make Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera open in private mode when you start the browser.

Open default incognito browser

1. Google Chrome

You can modify and add a command to a Chrome shortcut so that it always opens in incognito mode. Choose the shortcut that is convenient for you, such as the desktop, the Start menu or even the taskbar.

# 1. Right click on the shortcut and select the Properties option .

# 2. On the Shortcut tab  , add  -incognito to the end of the Target string,  leaving a space. For example,  � \ chrome.exe �-incognito.

# 3. Click OK and the shortcut will be modified.

Every time you access Chrome from this shortcut, it will open in incognito mode (private mode).

2. Mozilla Firefox

There are two ways you can force Firefox to always open in private mode. You can modify the shortcut or enable the feature from the browser options.

Method 1: Enable it within Firefox

# 1. Make click menu of hamburger in the top right corner and select Options.

# 2. Select Privacy and security in the left panel.

# 3. Scroll down to the History section and check the box next to the Permanent private browsing mode option .

# 4. You will need to  restart Firefox  for this new setting to take effect.

Now every time you open Firefox it will do so in private browsing mode, regardless of the shortcut. The private mode icon will not appear at the top of the browser, but you will still be browsing in private mode.

Method 2: modify the Firefox shortcut

# 1. Right click on a Firefox shortcut and select the Properties option  .

# 2. Now add  -private to the end of the target string, leaving a space between the quotes and the dash, like this  �. \ Firefox.exe” -private.

# 3. Then click the OK button   to confirm the change.

From now on, when you open Firefox with this shortcut it will open in Private mode. You’ll see the usual private mode page along with the private mode icon at the top of the browser.

3. Opera

# 1. Right click on an Opera shortcut and choose the Properties option .

# 2. Similar to Firefox, you must add  -private to the end of the target string,  leaving a space between the quotes and the hyphen.

# 3. Finally, click the OK button   to apply the changes. Start Opera using this shortcut and it will start in private mode.

4. Internet Explorer

You will have to edit the original Internet Explorer shortcut within Windows accessories, as it will not work with custom shortcuts.

# 1. To access the original shortcut, type  Internet Explorer  in the search bar, right click on the result  and select the option  Open file location.

# 2. File Explorer will open and you will see the Internet Explorer shortcut. Right-click it and select the Properties option   from the context menu.

# 3. Add  -private to the end of the string in Destination leaving a space in between and click  OK  to confirm.

Now you can access Internet Explorer from any shortcut and it will always open in private mode.

Incognito browser mode

It seems that both Safari and Microsoft Edge do not allow changing the default startup settings. In Edge I have tried modifying the shortcut from different areas. But the Destination box was not editable or nothing happens after making edits. For now, you will need to manually open the private window when you open the browser.

It is recommended that you create a separate shortcut to start your favorite browser in private mode. Since private mode also removes cookies and other useful information about visited sites, you may want to browse a website in normal mode for easy access.

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