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The new Microsoft Edge ​ will delete your browsing history, cookies, and site data, as well as passwords, addresses, and form data when you close all InPrivate windows. 

You can open an InPrivate window in different ways: 

  • Select and hold (right-click) the Microsoft Edge logo in the taskbar and select New InPrivate window.

  • In Microsoft Edge, select and hold (right-click) a link and select Open link in InPrivate window.

  • In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > New InPrivate window.

Other people using this device won’t see your browsing activity, but your school, workplace, and internet service provider might still be able to access this data. 

What does Microsoft Edge do with your data while InPrivate?

InPrivate browsing: 

  • Clears browsing history, download history, cookies and other site data, cached images and files, passwords, autofill form data, site permissions and hosted app data when you close all InPrivate windows.

  • Saves your favorites and downloaded files, so you can access them next time you use Microsoft Edge.

  • Allows you to access favorites, passwords, and form fill data from the profile used to open the InPrivate window.

  • Allows extensions you've given permission to run while browsing InPrivate.

  • Automatically uses InPrivate search with Microsoft Bing:

    • For searches in the InPrivate landing page search bar.

    • On

    • In the address bar, if Microsoft Bing is the default search engine.


  • Microsoft services may approximate your general area to provide relevant experiences like weather and news. Your location may be approximated using technologies like Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular modem, and IP address, or via the Windows location service if you have enabled location settings on your Windows device. Your general location data is cleared from the browser when you close all InPrivate windows. 

  • Microsoft Edge can’t prevent extensions from saving your browsing history while browsing InPrivate.

  • When using the Windows IME keyboard for typing and inking, data may be collected to improve language recognition and suggestion capabilities. To stop inking and typing data from being collected by Microsoft while using the Windows IME keyboard in InPrivate and normal browsing windows, go to Windows Settings > Privacy & security > Inking & typing personalization.

  • Webpages such as edge://settings, edge://favorites, and edge://history can’t be viewed in an InPrivate window. Opening these pages when browsing InPrivate will open them in a normal browsing window.

InPrivate browsing does not:

  • Prevent websites from requesting your precise location. InPrivate browsing uses the location permission settings of the profile from which the InPrivate session was launched. To manage location permissions, go to Settings and more > Settings Cookies and site permissions > Location

  • Associate your browsing history with a Microsoft account or use this data for product improvement.

  • Save new passwords, addresses, or information filled in online forms.

  • Allow you to re-open recently closed tabs and windows from Settings and more  > History  > Recently closed.

Am I safer while browsing InPrivate?

InPrivate browsing doesn’t keep you safer from malicious websites or provide additional ad blocking. Websites can still personalize content for you during your InPrivate browsing session because cookies and other site permissions aren’t deleted until you close all InPrivate windows. 

To help prevent websites from personalizing content and ads for you, switch your level of tracking prevention to Strict in Microsoft Edge or go to Settings and more  > Settings Cookies and site permissions > Manage and delete cookies and site data and turn on Block third-party cookies. This might cause some sites to behave unexpectedly.

When is InPrivate browsing unavailable?

Children with activity reporting or web filtering enabled through their family group can’t browse InPrivate. Organizations, like schools or workplaces, can use group policy to prevent people from browsing InPrivate. 

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