Private Browsing Tabs

A common requirement for WordPress editors is to see the site as a guest user (not logged in), or as another user with different privileges (not an admin), whilst editing the site.

However, you can’t just open a new tab in your browser and log in as a different user – logins to WordPress, like most sites, are maintained between browser tabs.

To avoid the hassle of logging in and out repeatedly, you can use a second browser, or a private browsing tab.


Instructions for opening a private tab in different browsers are below:


Chrome calls this feature ‘Incognito Mode’.

File Menu > New Incognito Window

Incognito mode windows are marked by the title bar and tool bar being dark.


File Menu > New Private Window

The address bar is dark in a private window.


File Menu > New Private Window

The title bar is black, and there’s a little purple logo at the top right of the window to show that you’re in private browsing mode.


Edge calls this feature ‘InPrivate’

In Microsoft Edge, select the Settings and More icon, and then New InPrivate window


Settings > Safety > InPrivate Browsing