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Browse anonymously in Internet Explorer with InPrivate Mode

Internet Explorer 8 introduced a new feature called InPrivate, which allows you to surf the web from a given computer, without leaving a trace in browsing history and cookies; this can be extremely useful for guests or other computer users who want to sign in to Hotmail as a different user, for example. Since they are effectively using something like a different profile, it means that their browsing session will not interfere with another person logged in to the same service, be it a webmail service or a social media site like Facebook Login. In this tutorial, we will show you how to access InPrivate and browse anonymously in Internet Explorer 8. Here's a sample browsing session, notice the InPrivate notice added to the address bar, to let you know that you are not in "normal browsing" mode:

InPrivate browsing in Internet Explorer 8

Open InPrivate browsing in Internet Explorer 8

Follow one of these methods to open Internet Explorer in private browsing mode:

Automatically start Internet Explorer 8 with InPrivate using a switch

If you want to always start Internet Explorer 8 in private browsing mode in Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, just use the "-private" switch in the Run dialog, for example. This is a switch you can of course also use in a shortcut (start menu, desktop, etc.)

Launch Internet Explorer 8 with InPrivate browsing mode

To make an InPrivate mode shortcut for your web browser, right-click on a regular Internet Explorer shortcut and choose "Properties". Under the Shortcut tab, type a space, a hyphen, and the word "private" at the end of the value contained inside the Target text field.

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