Is there a way to make IE 8 open in InPrivate browsing mode?

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Short answer: Start IE8 with the -private switch.

Long answer: To create an icon on your desktop to directly start Internet Explorer in Private mode, follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the desktop, select New -> Shortcut
  2. Click Browse and navigate to c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe, hit OK
  3. In the location box (which should now say "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe") add -private to the end of the line.
  4. Click Next
  5. Type a name like "Internet Explorer Private Mode"
  6. Click Finish

If you are using Windows 7, you can click on the arrow on the right hand side of the Internet Explorer link, and select Start InPrivate Browsing.

Not 100% sure if this option is available in Windows Vista.

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