How to use an incognito browsing window

We’ve explained previously how caching works and how it might prevent you from seeing recent changes to your website. Now, let’s see how to prevent some of those issues as we look at how to use an incognito browsing window.

When you ask your web developer to make a change on your website, but you can’t see that change, your web developer may ask you to clear your browser cache. We have instructions here for clearing your Chrome cache or clearing just one page on Chrome, and there are links here to instructions for clearing cache on other browsers.

It can be hard to remember to clear your cache each time, and it can be annoying to have to keep clearing it for every small adjustment.

how to use an incognito browsing window
Browse incognito to avoid those annoying caching issues!

See how to use an incognito browsing window to avoid these issues.

An incognito browser serves multiple purposes, including enhancing your privacy online.

Each browser uses its own term for this type of browsing window:

  • Chrome: Incognito window
  • Firefox: Private window
  • Edge: InPrivate window
  • Safari: Private window

The name doesn’t matter; what matters is that when you open this type of browser window, you’re not using your browser cache. Your browser will be retrieving new files, so you will see all the latest content or style changes on your website.

Each browser informs you of what private browsing means when you open the new window.

How to use an incognito browsing window on Chrome:

  1. At the top right of your browser, click on the three dots.
  2. Choose “New incognito window.”
  3. A new window will open, allowing you to visit sites without seeing cached versions of the pages.

use a new incognito browser window in Chrome 

How to use a private window in Firefox:

  1. At the top right of your browser, click on the three lines.
  2. Choose “New Private Window.”
  3. A new window will open, and the websites you visit will not be cached.

use a private window in Firefox Firefox confirms you are browsing privately

How to use an InPrivate window in Edge:

  1. At the top right of your browser, click on the three dots.
  2. Choose “New incognito window.”
  3. Now you can visit websites and see new, not-cached information in the new browser window.

open an InPrivate window in Edge Edge confirms you are browsing privately

How to use a private window in Safari:

  1. At the top right of your browser, click on the three dots.
  2. Choose “New incognito window.”
  3. You’re all set! A brand new view of your website, no more stale files hanging out.

browser privately in Safari

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Alisa Cognard

Alisa was one of the first team members to join Red Earth Design, Inc. in early 2004. From data entry, she progressed to MySQL database manipulation and PHP coding. Alisa is responsible for all kinds of odds and ends: installing new websites, adding features to them, programming databases, PHP coding, website troubleshooting, website security, and organizational tasks for Red Earth Design.

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