How to start Microsoft Edge in private mode in Windows 10

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Microsoft edge incognito browsing. Like all other browsers, Microsoft Edge's default startup state is normal browsing mode. No browser by default opens in private mode. If you want your browser to always open in private mode, you'll need a trick to do this.

Microsoft Edge in private mode

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New> Shortcut.

Now on Enter file path

%windir%System32cmd.exe /c start shell:AppsFolderMicrosoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge -private

Now hit forward and name the link like Microsoft Edge in private mode.

The shortcut will appear on the desktop and will have the command prompt icon. This will be confusing, so right-click on the link and select Properties.

In the Properties window, go to the Link tab. If you want to use the same Microsoft Edge icon, you can enter the following in the "Search for icons in file" field after clicking Change icon.


Done now through this link you will be able to open Microsoft Edge InPrivate and browse incognito on the browser.

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