Solved how to always be in private browsing mode in IE11 with win10

January 23, 2016 at 12:29:46
Specs: windows 10
how do I change to always be in private browsing mode in ie 11 with win 10 - I cannot add -private because it is shaded and says MicrosoftInternetExplorer.Default in the target box when I click on properties after right clicking on the shortcut for ie

John


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January 23, 2016 at 12:40:42
Make a NEW desktop shortcut to the file iexplore.exe (which might only show as iexplore if you have hidden common extensions). Then add the -private to the shortcut target as you mentioned (with one space ahead of it).

The full 32 bit path is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
The full 64 bit path is "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

In private browsing as a permanent feature might prove rather restrictive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 23, 2016 at 12:52:43
thanks for the quick response - deleted old shortcut and created a new one and it still will not allow me to edit target box - same words as I reported before

John


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#3
January 23, 2016 at 12:59:51
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You didn't need to delete the old shortcut, it could have been an extra with a different name.

I've just done it on my Win 10. On the desktop I right clicked New > Shortcut and then put in "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" (including quotes) as the target. The shortcut I got was just an ordinary one and allowed me to add the space and -private without any trouble.

When I ran it the In Private screen came up.

Is there something you are doing differently?

EDIT:
I tested it on a PC not a laptop. By desktop I meant the traditional screen with small icons on it rather than the large blocks.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#4
January 23, 2016 at 13:06:03
Thank you Derek. That worked.

John


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#5
January 23, 2016 at 13:07:22
I don't use Win10 but if you have an IE icon in the taskbar, try right clicking on it & select "Start InPrivate Browsing". If you want a desktop shortcut, don't delete the existing one. Go to the file location (C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe), right click on iexplorer.exe, select "send to" & click "Desktop (create shortcut). Then go to the new shortcut, right click on it, select Properties, & then add -private to the end of the target line. Make sure to click Apply.

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private


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#6
January 23, 2016 at 13:18:44
Thanks, Riider. Appreciate your reply.

John


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January 23, 2016 at 13:25:14
buckbo

Glad to hear you sorted it and thanks for letting us know.

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