Open Firefox in Private Mode from Windows 8 Desktop

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    To get started, the first thing we need to do is go down to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
    We are going to be adding the Firefox icon to the taskbar.
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    Scroll to the far left until the cursor is over the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
    We could also press the Windows key, which is directly to the left of the space bar.
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    Press that key now or click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner to open the Start page.
    We may or may not have Firefox pinned to this page.
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    If we don't, go to the bottom of the screen and click on the down arrow.
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    The Firefox icon should be located under "M", for "Mozilla Firefox".
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    If Firefox can't be found easily, we can use the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
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    Left click once in the search bar, and then type in Firefox.
    "Mozilla Firefox" appears on the left under "Apps".
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    Put the cursor over "Mozilla Firefox" and right click one time to bring up a menu.
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    Select the second option, which is "Pin to taskbar".
    Left click on this option, and this will pin the Mozilla Firefox browser to our taskbar.
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    Now, we can press the Esc key at the top left corner of the keyboard to go back to the "Apps" menu.
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    Press Esc once more to return to the desktop.
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    Now, move the mouse back down to the taskbar, where we will see the newly added Firefox icon.
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    A single right click on Firefox will open the Firefox menu.
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    Under the "Tasks" section, the option at the very bottom is "New private window".
    Clicking on this option will "Open a new window in private browsing mode".
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    A single left click on this option will open Firefox into the private browsing mode.
    We will know this because it will say "You're browsing privately" at the top, and it has a little masquerade mask off to the left. In this mode, Firefox will not remember anything. There's also a purple private mode icon in the upper right area near the options to minimize, maximize or close the window.
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    When we're done browsing, we can press the white "x" in the red box to close the window.
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to open Firefox into private browsing mode without opening the regular browser on your Windows 8 desktop.
    For additional help with this or other tutorials, or for any suggestions or comments you may have, please use the section below, and we will get back to you.
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Questions and Answers

How to pin the Firefox private browser to the tray?

How to pin the Firefox private browser to the taskbar?

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    Press the Windows key.
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    Type "firefox".
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    Right-click "Mozilla Firefox" above.
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    Select "Open file location".
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    Right-click the "Mozilla Firefox" shortcut.
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    Select "Copy".
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    Minimize Windows.
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    Right-click an empty space on the desktop.
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    Select "Paste".
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    Right-click the new shortcut on the desktop.
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    Select "Properties".
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    In the "Target:" field, enter " -private" after the line.
    Ascertain that you put a space between the quotation mark and the dash. Your line may look like this:
    • D:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\firefox.exe" -private
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    Click and drag the icon to the taskbar.
    This will pin the private browser to your taskbar.
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Recent edits by: Newarni Maicha, Eng, Anonymous

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