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How do you do private browsing in Internet Explorer?

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Activating Internet Explorer’s InPrivate Browsing feature eliminates traces of your session's user names, passwords, browsing history and cookies. You can activate InPrivate by pressing and holding CTRL+SHIFT+P within an open Explorer window or by accessing Explorer’s Settings menu. Private browsing on Explorer prevents other individuals using the same computer as you from viewing your browsing history or Internet searches. Private browsing deactivates immediately upon closing the private browser window.

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  1. Activate private browsing through Explorer's settings

    To start private browsing, first open your Internet Explorer browser. Click the "gear" icon in the upper right hand corner of the browser. On the subsequent drop-down, click Safety and then InPrivate Browsing. A new browser window then appears with the InPrivate logo to indicate activation. Using Explorer in this setting impedes your browsing history, temporary files cookies and other session data from being stored on your computer.

  2. Activate tools and extensions

    Private browsing in Explorer disables your toolbars and extensions by default. To restore these features, click Tools followed by Manage Add-ons. Select Toolbars and Extensions, and highlight the add-ons you wish to use InPrivate browsing. Click Enable and then Close to resume private browsing with your desired toolbars and extensions.

  3. Understand the limits of private browsing

    Activate private browsing only if you wish to keep other people using the same computer from seeing your web activity. Understand that private browsing in Explorer does not prevent another user from accessing your network. Also, note that your activity can still be recorded by each and every website you visit. Moreover, any feeds or favorites that you add in a private Explorer browser are not automatically removed when you exit your session.

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