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How to Browse in Private on Your Windows 8 Tablet

When you want to visit a website without leaving footprints, head for your Windows 8 tablet's Start screen browser’s InPrivate mode (accessed from the Tab menu). InPrivate mode lets you shop for holiday presents, visit controversial websites, or browse on a public computer without letting the next person know your business.

Most websites 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 appear in your browser’s history of visited websites. They often leave behind cached photos (copies of viewed photos) on your computer’s hard drive. And they leave behind cookies (small files that help the website track your visits).

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

  1. From the Start screen’s Internet Explorer, 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 traces.

Entering the InPrivate mode in the desktop’s version of Internet Explorer requires different steps:

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

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

  3. When the Safety pop-out menu appears, tap InPrivate browsing.

A new version of Internet Explorer opens, showing a window that reads InPrivate is On.

To leave InPrivate mode and return to normal, close Internet Explorer, or just close the browser’s InPrivate window.

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