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Opening a Private Browsing Window

This document explains where to find instructions on how to open a private / incognito window in your web browser or device.

Click on the name of the web browser you are using to display the instructions.

Microsoft Windows

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the Options menu (the three bars stacked vertically).

    firefox-win-1.png

  2. Click New Private Window.

    firefox-win-2.png

  3. This is what a private window in Firefox looks like.

    firefox-win-3.png

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Options menu (the three circles stacked vertically).

    chrome-win-1.png

  2. Click New Incognito Window.

    chrome-win-2.png

  3. This is what an Incognito / Private window in Chrome looks like.

    chrome-win-3.png

Windows Internet Explorer 11

  1. Click the Settings menu (the gear icon).

    ie11-win-1.png

  2. Hover over the Safety submenu, and click InPrivate Browsing.

    ie11-win-2.png

  3. This is what an InPrivate / Private window in Internet Explorer looks like.

    ie11-win-3.png

Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the Options menu (three circles aligned horizontally).

    edge-win-1.png

  2. Click New InPrivate window.

    edge-win-2.png

  3. This is what an InPrivate / Private window in Edge looks like.

    edge-win-3.png

Apple macOS

Mozilla Firefox

  1. In the Menu bar, select File, and then select New Private Window.

    firefox-mac-1.png

  2. This is what a Private Window in Firefox looks like.

    firefox-mac-2.png

Google Chrome

  1. In the Menu bar, select File, and then select New Incognito Window.

    chrome-mac-1.png

  2. This is what an Incognito / Private window in Chrome looks like.

    chrome-mac-2.png

Apple Safari

  1. In the Menu bar, select File, then select New Private Window.

    safari-mac-1.png

  2. This is what a Private window in Safari looks like.

    safari-mac-2.png

Apple iOS

Safari

iPhone

1. Click the Tabs icon in the bottom right corner of the browser.

2. At the bottom center, click either “[#] Tabs” or “Start Page.” This will open the tab/group tab menu.

   Note: the [#] will appear as the total amount of non-private tabs your browser currently has open; it will not have brackets.

3. In the tab menu, click Private.

   

4. Click the + sign at the bottom left corner. This will open a new incognito window.



iPad

1. Click and hold the Tabs icon in the top right corner of the browser.

2. Click New Private Tab. This will open a new incognito window.

   

Google Chrome

iPhone/iPad

1. Click the More option .

2. In the menu, click New Incognito Tab .

Android

Google Chrome

1. Click the More option  at the top right corner.

   

2. In the menu, click New Incognito Tab.



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OwnerHelp Desk KB TeamGroupDoIT Help Desk
Created2018-08-03 19:19:28Updated2023-02-14 16:52:39
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