How to Go Incognito on Internet Explorer

by Kevin Lee

You might not be able to prevent your Internet Service Provider from knowing the sites you visit, but you can keep Internet Explorer from remembering them. Using IE’s InPrivate browsing mode, you can surf the Web, view online videos, and then exit the browser without leaving a trace of your activity on your computer. This type of browsing is also useful if you share a computer with others or don’t want IE to store temporary and permanent information on your hard drive.

1

Launch Internet Explorer.

2

Press "Ctrl-Shift-P" to open a new tab in InPrivate browsing mode.

3

Surf the Web as you normally do. Internet Explorer will not store cookies, temporary files or browsing history.

Tips

  • If you open a new tab by pressing "Ctrl-T," you create a regular tab that is not private. Always press "Ctrl-Shift-P" to browse using InPrivate mode.
  • Press "Ctrl-P" as many times as you like to create multiple InPrivate tabs.
  • Right-click a link in an InPrivate tab and select "Open Link in New Tab" to open a new tab that's also in InPrivate mode.
  • As long as an InPrivate tab is open, anyone who sits as your computer while you're away can view your browsing history and other private information. Ensure that this doesn't happen by closing InPrivate tabs when you finish working in them.
  • Click the "Tabs" icon in Internet Explorer to see thumbnail images of your tabs. Identify InPrivate tabs by looking for the word "InPrivate" beneath their thumbnail images.
  • Because InPrivate tabs do not store cookie information, some websites may not remember you when you want them to. For instance, a site may store login information in cookies when people sign up. This enables the site to log people in automatically when they return. If you join a site while you're browsing in InPrivate mode, IE will not remember the cookie information the site stored, so that when you return to the site later, you may have to log in manually.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 9 and 10. It may vary slightly or significantly for other versions or products.

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After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.

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