Microsoft Edge Chromium provides easy access to InPrivate browsing windows for those of you who value privacy the most. But there is a problem. You must first open the browser normally, then launch an InPrivate browser window each time you want to surf privately. Even I kind of wondered: How do I open the default InPrivate Browser tab in Microsoft Edge Chromium?
The act of opening an InPrivate browser window in Microsoft Edge Chromium is itself effortless. However, it is still tedious if you still prefer to load the browser directly in InPrivate mode. However, there is no built-in way to achieve this.
Don’t give up hope just yet. You can still use workarounds to set default InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium on Windows and macOS. Let’s check them out.
Always open in InPrivate mode – Windows
Setting up Microsoft Edge Chromium to load it in InPrivate mode by default is pretty straightforward on Windows. All you need to do is add a command string to the default Microsoft Edge shortcut file target on your desktop.
Step 1: Right-click the Microsoft Edge shortcut on your desktop, then click Properties.
Advice: If there isn’t a Microsoft Edge shortcut on your desktop, you need to create one. To do this, open the Start menu, locate Microsoft Edge in the list of installed programs, and then drag it to the desktop.
2nd step: Select the Shortcut tab, then add the following command line at the end of the Target field after a single space:
Click Apply, then click OK to save your changes.
Step 3: Double click on the shortcut. Microsoft Edge Chromium should automatically open in an InPrivate window. You can still choose to open a normal Edge window using the Open New option on the Edge menu.
If you want to prevent the shortcut form from loading in InPrivate mode in the future, just open the Shortcut Properties dialog box and then delete the command line you added earlier.
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Always open in InPrivate mode – Android / iOS
On Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Edge, configuring the browser to always launch in InPrivate mode is incredibly straightforward. Once you have entered InPrivate mode via the tab selector and you do not manually return to normal mode, the browser will continue to launch in InPrivate mode even if you force quit it.
You can also make sure that Microsoft Edge launches in InPrivate mode from the start. To do this, long press the Microsoft Edge shortcut on your Android or iOS device and then tap New InPrivate tab.
Don’t fall over the edge
Microsoft Edge Chromium’s InPrivate browsing windows are ideal for anyone concerned about privacy, especially when used in tandem with the tracking prevention feature built into the browser. Plus, always launching Edge in InPrivate mode means you don’t have to worry about offline recordings of your browsing activity.
Advice: To configure tracking prevention, go to the Edge Settings panel, then click Privacy & Services.
However, using Microsoft Edge Chromium only in InPrivate mode will generally not provide the best long-term experiences. Not only do you miss out on useful features like the ability to sync your data between devices, but the lack of a permanent browser cache means performance will suffer when visiting websites repeatedly.
So, you may not want to completely stop surfing in Microsoft Edge Chromium. And it’s not like manually deleting your browsing history and cache is that hard, either.
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Last updated on February 21, 2020
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