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How to Browse in Private on Your Surface

Most websites you will visit on your Surface leave lasting impressions long after they’ve left your eyes. Days or months later, the sites’ names can still pop up in your address bar as you begin typing a few letters. They also linger in your browser’s history of visited websites.

Some even leave behind cached photos — copies of viewed photos — on your Surface’s hard drive. And they leave behind cookies — small files that help websites track your visits.

When you want to visit a website without leaving a trace, head for the Start screen browser’s InPrivate mode from the Tab menu. InPrivate mode lets you shop for holiday presents, visit controversial websites, or browse on a public computer without letting others know your business.

To turn on InPrivate mode on the Start screen’s browser, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start screen’s Internet Explorer app, slide your finger down slightly from the screen’s top edge to reveal the menu.

  2. Tap the Tab menu (it looks like three dots) and, when the pop-up menu appears, tap New InPrivate tab.

A blank InPrivate window appears in the browser, ready for you to browse without leaving a trace on your PC.

The desktop version of Internet Explorer requires different steps to enter InPrivate mode:

  1. Tap or click the browser’s Tools icon in its upper-right corner. (The icon resembles a gear.)

  2. When the drop-down menu appears, choose Safety.

  3. When the Safety pop-out menu appears, choose InPrivate Browsing.

A new version of Internet Explorer opens, showing a window that says InPrivate Is On.

To leave InPrivate mode in either program, just close Internet Explorer or close the browser’s InPrivate window.

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