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Private browsing

To browse without leaving any trace of the websites you visit, you can use a private tab or window. This is especially useful if you are using someone else's computer, or planning a surprise that you want to keep secret. When you close a private tab, the following data related to the tab is deleted:

A closed private tab or window cannot be recovered from the "Closed Tabs" drop-down on the right side of the tab bar.

While private tabs or windows do not leave any record of the websites you visit, if you deliberately save data, for example, if you save a bookmark, or download a file, it will still be visible after the tab is closed.

Create a private tab

To create a private tab, select Tabs and Windows > New Private Tab from the menu. Alternatively, right-click the tab bar and select "New Private Tab" from the context menu.

Close a private tab

Close a private tab in the same way as a normal tab. To close all the private tabs you have open at once, right-click a tab and select "Close All Private Tabs" or use the Ctrl+Shift+Q keyboard shortcut.

Private windows

If you prefer to use separate windows when browsing, rather than tabs, you can create a private window by selecting Tabs and Windows > New Private Window. Closing the window removes all traces of your browsing.

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