How to open Microsoft Edge always InPrivate mode on Windows 10

Microsoft Edge lets you set InPrivate mode as the default experience when opening the browser, and here's how to enable the option.

Microsoft Edge InPrivate by default

You can configure Microsoft Edge to always start InPrivate mode to improve your online privacy, and here’s how. InPrivate mode is a feature that prevents the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge from saving your browsing history, cookies, and site data, as well as passwords, addresses, and form data during a session.

When closing an InPrivate session, Microsoft Edge deletes all your browsing information of that session. Therefore, helping to reduce the amount of data that websites can track about your online activities. It’s also a useful feature to prevent other people from snooping into your information on a shared device.

Although starting a new InPrivate session is pretty simple, if you’re setting up a shared device, or you don’t want to save any browsing data, there’s an option to set InPrivate as the default when opening Microsoft Edge.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to configure the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge to start InPrivate mode on Windows 10.

Set InPrivate mode as default on Microsoft Edge

To start Edge InPrivate mode by default, use these steps:

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Edge icon.

  2. Right-click the Microsoft Edge item in the list and select the Properties option.

    Microsoft Edge properties option
    Microsoft Edge properties option
  3. In the “Target” field append the -inprivate option at the end of the line. It should look like this:

    "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe" --profile-directory=Default -inprivate

    Microsoft Edge always InPrivate configuration
    Microsoft Edge always InPrivate configuration
  4. Click the Apply button.

  5. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, every time you launch Microsoft Edge using the taskbar icon, a new InPrivate session will open.