If youâ€™re browsing the web with Mozilla Firefox and youâ€™d like to quickly open a Private window, thereâ€™s no need to reach for a menu. Hereâ€™s how to start private browsing in Firefox with just a keyboard shortcut on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
First, open â€œFirefox.â€� With any Firefox window active, press one of the following shortcuts depending on your computer platform.
- Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+P
- Mac: Press Command+Shift+P
After that, a new Private window will open.
While in Private mode, you can always tell because Firefox will include a special â€œPrivateâ€� logo in the toolbar that looks like a silhouette of a carnival mask within a circle.
While using a Private window, Firefox will not store your browser history, cookies, or saved form data once you close the window. Youâ€™ll still need to manually clear downloads and bookmarks if youâ€™ve added any of those during your Private session, however.
Once youâ€™re in a Private window, you can open as many tabs as youâ€™d like with Ctrl+T (or the Firefox menu), and those will be covered by Private mode features as well.
Itâ€™s worth noting that while Private mode can protect you from casual snooping on your local machine, it doesnâ€™t protect your browsing history from websites you visit, ad-tracking networks, or whichever means youâ€™re using to connect to the internet, such as your school, work, or ISP.
When youâ€™re done with Private mode, just close the window the standard way, or you could use Alt+F4 on Windows and Linux or Command+Shift+W on a Mac. Have fun browsing the web!
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