How to start private browsing in Safari

Date: August 1, 2012 10:59 PM

Topic: How to start private browsing in Safari

The new Safari, version 6, has an improved private browsing mode.

Private browsing lets you surf the web without leaving traces of where you go. So instead of Safari saving your history, cookies, and autofill information, in private browsing mode, all these should disappear once you close the browser window or turn off private browsing. In private browsing mode, Safari will not save files and information in the cache either.

Here’s how you activate private browsing in Safari 6 in OS X:

  1. Click on “Safari” in the toolbar on top of the screen
  2. Click “Private Browsing”
  3. A dialogue box will appear asking you to confirm if you want to turn on private browsing. Click OK.

Private browsing mode in Safari is now easier to use.

And that’s it. You have turned on private browsing in Safari.

Want to find out how to turn it off? It’s even easier.

You’ll know if you are in private browsing mode if you look at the omnibar, which Apple calls the Smart Search Field, a gray button labeled “private” appears to the right.

To turn off private browsing in Safari:

  1. Click the button to the right of the omnibar labeled “private”
  2. A drop-down dialogue box will ask you to confirm if you really want to turn off private browsing. Click OK

That’s it you’re done.

I personally like the private browsing on the new Safari. I hated Safari’s old which forces you to close all other tabs and windows when you turn on private browsing mode. Then, when you turn off private browsing, the browser has to reload all your other windows and tabs. If you had a lot of tabs open, it’s a hassle to have to reload them, especially if you have some online videos as those would need to reload as well.

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