How to use Private Mode while browsing in Safari on OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite ships with Safari 8, Apple’s updated browser, that adds a whole new tab view, a new design, a faster rendering and JavaScript engine, and an improved Private Browsing mode.

Private browsing helps you browse any website without leaving a trail behind, either through history, autocomplete or cookies. So here’s how you use Safari’s Private Browsing mode.

  • Open Safari, and click on File > New Private Window from the menu bar. Alternatively, you can press ⌘ + Shift + N to open a new private browsing mode window.
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  • You’ll see a message saying “Safari will keep your browsing history private for all tabs in this window. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information” You’ll also see that the window has a black search/address bar.
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  • You can now enter the URL of the website you want to browse privately. Once you’re done, close the private window, and there’ll be no history of your session.

While Private Browsing existed in OS X Mavericks, enabling it would enable Private Browsing on all open tabs and windows. With OS X Yosemite, however, you can simultaneously have a normal browsing window as well as a private browsing window.