Keyboard shortcuts for Incognito private browsing (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge & Opera)

Private browsing is a common practice for leaving fewer traces while browsing the web. When you browse the web, and you do not want the next item you search to become the only thing you see in ads, for weeks, it is nice to know that the private or incognito browsing is, literally, at your fingertips. Let's find out how to open the private browsing modes offered by Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer, using only keyboard shortcuts:

Keyboard shortcut for Incognito browsing in Google Chrome (CTRL+SHIFT+N)

The keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window works only if the active window is Google Chrome. With Google Chrome open, press CTRL + SHIFT + N on the keyboard to launch an Incognito window.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + N for incognito browsing

The Incognito window is opened and takes the focus. You can start typing a URL right away. The window contains the warning that "You've gone incognito" and a summary of what it means.

Incognito window in Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can recognize an incognito window by its logo in the top-right corner: an image of a person in disguise (hat and dark glasses).

Keyboard shortcut for Private Browsing in Mozilla Firefox (CTRL+SHIFT+P)

The keyboard shortcut to open a private window works only if the active window is Mozilla Firefox. Press CTRL + SHIFT + P on the keyboard to open a new Private Browsing window.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + P for private browsing

The window contains the title "Private Browsing" and a summary of what it means. In Mozilla Firefox, you recognize a private browsing window by its logo in the top-right corner: a purple mask icon.

Private window in Mozilla Firefox

You can also choose whether you want Firefox to block content that tracks your activity across the internet.

Keyboard shortcut for InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Edge (CTRL+SHIFT+P)

The keyboard shortcut to open InPrivate browsing works only if the active window is Microsoft Edge. Press CTRL + SHIFT + P on the keyboard to launch a new InPrivate window in Microsoft Edge.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + P for InPrivate browsing

The window contains the title "Browsing InPrivate" and a summary of what it means. In Microsoft Edge, you can recognize an InPrivate window by its logo in the top-left corner.

InPrivate window in Microsoft Edge

Keyboard shortcut for Private Browsing in Opera (CTRL+SHIFT+N)

The keyboard shortcut to open a Private Browsing window works only if the active window is Opera. With the browser open, press CTRL + SHIFT + N on the keyboard to launch a new Private Browsing window.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + N for private browsing

A Private Browsing window is opened and takes the focus. The window contains the title "Private browsing" and a summary of what it means. In Opera, you can recognize a private window by its logo on the left side of the title of every tab: an image of a person in disguise (hat and dark glasses).

Private window in Opera

A unique feature offered by Opera is a VPN that further enhances your privacy. You can choose to turn it on, by clicking on the VPN button near the address bar.

Keyboard shortcut for InPrivate browsing in Internet Explorer (CTRL+SHIFT+P)

The keyboard shortcut to open an InPrivate window works only if the active window is Internet Explorer. Press CTRL + SHIFT + P on the keyboard open a new InPrivate window in Internet Explorer.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + P for InPrivate browsing

A new InPrivate window is opened and takes the focus. The window contains the warning "InPrivate is turned on" and a summary of what it means. In Internet Explorer, you can recognize an InPrivate window by its logo on the left side of the address bar.

InPrivate window in Internet Explorer

Do you want to learn more about private browsing?

All the major browsers offer a private mode of navigating the internet, each with a different name. The private mode is always launched in a separate window. You cannot have both private and non-private tabs in the same browser window. If you want to learn more about private browsing, we recommend the following articles:

Which browser do you prefer for private browsing?

Google Chrome is currently the leader regarding the market share in the world of web browsers. When it comes to private browsing, you may want to look for alternatives, as there is plenty of controversy over Google's collection of data about its users. Before closing this tutorial, tell us which browser you prefer and why, when you try to go off the grid. Comment below and let's discuss.