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How to Open an Incognito Window in Mozilla Firefox

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Open an Incognito Window in Mozilla Firefox

Sometimes you may want to access websites without your computer tracking any pages visited or storing any browser information. To this end, private browsing or incognito mode can be selected in all web browsers. This doesn't only allow you to visit pages that won't be kept on your history, it is also useful for browsing sites that work with cookies that you don't want to keep in your computer. For this reason, this OneHowTo will explain step by step how to open an incognito window in Mozilla Firefox.

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Steps to follow:
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In order to surf incognito with Mozilla, you first need to open your browser as normal, either by clicking on the icon or accessing it via the start menu. By default, it will open as a normal window. Therefore, you need to go to the menu bar where you'll find a symbol at the top right that has three horizontal stripes, just under the cross to close the windows.

How to Open an Incognito Window in Mozilla Firefox - Step 1
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Then, a menu will display various options which can vary depending on how you've personalised it. Choose the one which is called "New private window." This is the name for Mozilla Firefox's incognito browsing mode.

It will then open a new window in the same browser but in private mode.

How to Open an Incognito Window in Mozilla Firefox - Step 2
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What's more, there are also keyboard shortcuts for opening an incognito window in Mozilla Firefox. Depending on your operating system, choose the appropriate key combination to browse in private mode:

  • Windows: Ctrl Shift P
  • Mac: Shift cmd N
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Once you've opened a Firefox window in private mode, a message overlay will appear. While you browse incognito, this will remain in the top bar as a shield icon. This way you can double check that your browser has stayed in private browsing mode and, therefore, is not saving your history and passwords. In addition, your cookies will be deleted automatically, among other things.

When you don't need to surf incognito in Mozilla Firefox any longer, you just close the browser window. The next time you open it, it will open in normal mode.

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