We’ve already covered how to start Google Chrome and Firefox in private browsing mode. Private browsing is not a unique feature, this feature has been offered by all popular browsers now a days –Opera added this feature  its presto version, if you want to automatically start opera in private browsing mode, follow the steps below. 

If you’ve opened a new private tab or private window, all your browsing history, cache, cookies and logins will be not saved during that session however, the bookmarks you made and files you downloaded will be kept.

Update November 20, 2017:  To start Chromium-based Opera  in Private browsing mode by default

  1. Right click on Opera shortcut on the desktop and select its ‘Properties’
  2. In the Target field, at the end of the string “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe”, after giving a space add, –private, and click OK.

The target field should be like this

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --private

From now on, use that shortcut to open Opera in Private browsing mode.

To start old Opera (Presto) in private browsing mode automatically

  • Right click on Opera shortcut icon on the desktop.
  • Click  Properties, copy the path of Opera program shown in the “Target” field, which looks like this “C:\Program Files\Opera\opera.exe”
  • Right click on the desktop, click New>Shortcut, and paste previously copied path and leave a space and type –newprivatetab and click ‘Next’

shortcut to opera private browsing

  • Name it as OperaPrivate or whatever as you like, and click ‘Finish’.

From now onwards, whenever you want to use Opera private browsing mode, click that shortcut.