For those who don’t know, private browsing refers to a mode of the browser where details like cookies, browsing history etc isn’t stored. Once you close the browser, all that data gets erased automatically.
Previously, we talked about how to turn on private browsing in Firefox permanently. This article would discuss a common method of adding a command line switch to the browser shortcut, that would enable you to open all the 3 main browsers (IE, Firefox and Chrome) in private mode by default.
Start Google Chrome in Incognito mode (or Private mode) by default
1. Right click on Google Chrome shortcut icon and select Properties.
2. Go to Shortcut tab. In the target field, add –incognito (note that it is a double hyphen or dash) after .exe (put a space after .exe too).
3. Click OK and start Google chrome. It should start in incognito mode by default. If you want to start your browser in normal mode, you have to again edit the target field. Just remove the part you added in that field. That’s it.
Start Firefox in Private Browsing mode by default
Repeat steps 1 and 2 given above and open Shortcut tab in Firefox properties. Add –private after .exe”. Note that there is a space and this time, a single hyphen before private. The target field looks like this: