Private browser in Opera (anonymity)

Private browsing is a feature in Opera where you can browse anonymously – i.e. without leaving any information about your internet activity.

In this article you can read about 2 things:

  • How to open a private browser in Opera
  • How to set Opera to always start as a private browser


Open a private browser in Opera

  1. Right-click the Opera icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your Windows screen
  2. Click on the menu item New private window
  3. An Opera window in private mode will open; it is indicated by the text Private page (and a small pair of sunglasses) in the browser tab in the top left corner

Alternative: In Opera you can also use the shortcut keys Ctrl + Shift + N to open private windows

Always start Opera as a private browser

If you want Opera to consistently start up as a private browser, you can do this by following these 4 steps:

  1. Right-click the Opera icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen in Windows
  2. Right-click on Opera
  3. Click on Properties
  4. Type “ -private” (a space, a hyphen and the word ‘private’) in the ‘Destination’ field and then click OK

Please note that this feature is sometimes blocked by administrator rights (only in Opera) and that it only works when you start Opera – not when you open new tabs in an already open browser.

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