What is an Incognito or InPrivate Window?


Incognito mode is an Internet browser setting that prevents browsing history from being stored. Normally, when you visit any web page, any text, pictures, and cookies required by the page are stored locally on your computer. Additionally, any searches or forms that are filled out may be stored in autocomplete fields. Incognito mode forgets this data when you close the browser window, or doesn't store it at all.  

How do I open one? 
The techniques vary slightly by browser but they are very similar.


Google Chrome

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More > New Incognito Window.
  3. A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon Incognito.


Microsoft Edge

  1. On your computer, open Edge.
  2. At the top right, click > New InPrivate Window.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. On your computer, open Firefox.
  2. At the top right, click > New Private Window.