How to Do Private Browsing in Internet Explorer 11

Websites that you visit on the Internet will often use cookies to help improve your experience while using their Web pages.

Internet Explorer will even remember every site that you visit by adding it to your history, thereby allowing you to return to the site at a later time.

Cookies and Web histories can be very convenient at some times, but they can also be problematic at others.

If you share a computer with someone else, or if you are using a public computer, then you may not want others to be able to see the sites that you were visiting, or even potentially log into accounts that you were using while you browsed.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has something called InPrivate browsing that will allow you to browse the Web, then have all of your activity be forgotten once you close the window. You can learn how to start an InPrivate browsing session by following our guide below.

How To Start an InPrivate Browsing Session in Internet Explorer 11

The steps in this article were performed using Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7. If the screens in the images below look different than the screens on your computer, then you may be using a different version of Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Click the Tools icon at the top-right corner of the window. It’s the icon that looks like a gear.

click the tools icon

Step 3: Select the Safety option.

select the safety option

Step 4: Select the InPrivate Browsing option.

select the inprivate browsing option

This will open a new InPrivate window in Internet Explorer. It will look like the image below.

example inprivate browsing session

Be sure to close the browser window once you have finished your InPrivate browsing session.

Note that you can also start a new InPrivate browsing session in Internet Explorer by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + P keys on your keyboard while in an existing Internet Explorer window.

You can also start an InPrivate session by right-clicking the Internet Explorer icon in your taskbar, then selecting the Start InPrivate Browsing option.

start inprivate browsing from taskbar icon

Now that you know how to do private browsing in Internet Explorer 11, you will be able to use this knowledge to ensure that pages you visit in a private session aren’t included in your history.

You can follow similar methods to start private browsing sessions in Google’s Chrome browser and Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

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