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Run IE 9 InPrivate Mode on Startup

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Hey all you Internet Explorer 9 users out there, how would you like to learn a quick trick so that every time you start IE, it runs in Private mode right from the get-go? It’s easy, so follow along!

What we’re going to do is create a desktop shortcut for IE and set a switch to make it start in InPrivate mode. So, right-click on your desktop, select New and choose Shortcut.

Now, if you’re using a 32 bit version of Windows, copy this text and put it in the path box:

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private

For those out there running 64 bit windows, you have to change it a bit. Use this line:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private

Notice that in both cases we put -private after the quoted path.

When you’re done, hit Next, give your shortcut a name and you’re good to go.

Remember: if you get an error while inputting this path, you might have a different version of windows and should try the other path.


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2 Responses to “Run IE 9 InPrivate Mode on Startup”

  1. ricy says:

    I think that this is the 64 bit version and not the 32 bit like posted above in your article.
    “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private
    kind regards,

  2. Debbie Buckley says:

    I copy and pasted the 64 bit shortcut for internet explorer and it does not work. It says that windows can not find “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private.

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