Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history
- Revision id: 107291
- Creator: AliceWyman
- Comment: added KB article link to note for fx42, updated for win10, removed content for old versions
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- Reviewed by: ideato
- Is approved? Yes
- Is current revision? No
- Ready for localization: Yes
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As you browse the web, Firefox remembers lots of information for you - like the sites you've visited. There may be times, however, when you don't want people with access to your computer to see this information, such as when shopping for a present. Private Browsing allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited. We'll show you how it works.
Note: Most websites rely on many different "third-parties" - companies that are separate from the site you're visiting - to provide analytics, social network buttons and display advertising. These third-parties sometimes include page elements that can record your browsing activity to create profiles about you across multiple sites. Firefox Private Browsing now includes Tracking Protection to block some of these page elements. To learn more about Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox, read this Mozilla blog post and the Content Blocking (formerly Tracking Protection) article.
Table of Contents
How do I open a new Private Window?
There are two ways to open a new Private Window.
Open a new, blank Private Window
- Click the menu button
and then click
Open a link in a new Private Window
- Right-clickHold down the Ctrl key while you click
on any link and choose from the context menu.
What does Private Browsing not save?
- Visited pages: No pages will be added to the list of sites in the History menu, the Library window's history list, or the Awesome Bar address list.
- Form and Search Bar entries: Nothing you enter into text boxes on web pages or the Search bar will be saved for Form autocomplete.
- Passwords: No new passwords will be saved.
- Download List entries: No files you download will be listed in the Downloads Window after you turn off Private Browsing.
- Cookies: Cookies store information about websites you visit such as site preferences, login status, and data used by plugins like Adobe Flash. Cookies can also be used by third parties to track you across websites. For more info about tracking, see How do I turn on the Do Not Track feature?
- Cached Web Content and Offline Web Content and User Data: No temporary Internet files (cached files) or files that websites save for offline use will be saved.
Other ways to control what information Firefox saves
- You can always remove recent browsing, search and download history after visiting a site.
- Read more articles on this topic: Passwords, forms, search, and history - control what Firefox suggests