How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

The Chromium version of Microsoft Edge is considerably faster and supports a vast library of extensions. It also syncs your browsing data across devices without any issues. You will enjoy using it.

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

Microsoft Edge Chromium also brings an InPrivate browsing mode to the table. It’s similar to InPrivate in the non-Chromium version and keeps no records of your browsing history offline. Unless you’re the sole user, having InPrivate browsing floating around is a bad idea. You have no idea what others were up to on your PC or Mac. Adding kids to the mix is a recipe for disaster. If you want absolute oversight, disable InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Not long ago, I talked about disabling Incognito mode in Chrome. Since Microsoft Edge Chromium uses the same engine, we can follow a similar process to turn off InPrivate browsing. First, let’s look at how to do it in the Windows version of Microsoft Edge Chromium, and then we’ll move on to the macOS version.

Disable InPrivate Browsing in Windows

Disabling InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium requires a simple entry in the system registry of your Windows 10 device. Instead of manually editing the Registry Editor, you can use either Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell in Windows 10 to do it quickly.

Here’s how:

1. Press Windows Key+S to open Windows Search. Type “cmd” in the search bar and click Run as Administrator to open an elevated Command Prompt console.

Alternatively, you can use Windows PowerShell. Type “powershell” in Windows Search and click Run as Administrator.

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How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

Step 2: Copy and paste the command below in Command Prompt console:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge /v InPrivateModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

If you have opened Windows PowerShell, copy and paste this command instead:

cmd.exe /c REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge /v InPrivateModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Press Enter. Once ‘The Operation Completed Successfully’ message comes up across the screen, exit the Command Prompt or PowerShell window.

Step 3: Exit Microsoft Edge Chromium, relaunch it, and you should find the option to open new InPrivate browsing windows grayed out in the Edge menu. Furthermore, the Ctrl+Shift+N keyboard shortcut for a New InPrivate Window won’t work either.

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

To re-enable InPrivate browsing later, enter this command in an elevated Command Prompt console:

REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge /v InPrivateModeAvailability /f

Alternatively, you can use Windows PowerShell and use this command:

cmd.exe /c REG DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge /v InPrivateModeAvailability /f

Remember to exit and relaunch Microsoft Edge Chromium for the change to take effect.

Disabling InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium on a Mac requires a specific command in the Terminal. Follow these steps to quickly complete the process:

1. Open Finder, go to Utilities.

2. Launch Terminal.

3. Enter the command.

That’s it! You’re done.

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

Step 2: Double-click the icon labeled Terminal to launch the macOS Terminal.

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

Tip: Spotlight can be used to quickly access the Terminal application by pressing Cmd+Space and typing “Terminal.”

Step 3: Open the Terminal and enter the following command:

defaults write com.microsoft.edge InPrivateModeAvailability -integer 1

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

To execute the command and exit Terminal, press Enter.

Save your work, restart your Mac, and open Microsoft Edge Chromium.

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The option to launch InPrivate browsing windows should appear grayed out in the Edge menu. Additionally, the Shift+Cmd+N keyboard shortcut won’t work.

How to Disable InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium (Windows and macOS)

To re-enable InPrivate browsing windows later, enter this command in Terminal and restart your Mac:

`defaults write com.microsoft.edge InPrivateModeAvailability -integer 0`.

Privacy Matters … Not

Privacy matters, but not if you want to keep an eye on your PC or Mac. Of course, anyone can cover their tracks by deleting browsing history. But disabling InPrivate browsing windows eliminates convenience and will help to some degree.

So, why did you turn off InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge Chromium? Let us know in a comment.

Next up: Disabled InPrivate browsing windows in Microsoft Edge Chromium on your Mac? That won’t stop someone from using Safari to surf privately. Here’s how to disable Private browsing windows in Safari.

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