[How-to] automatically activate “Private Browsing” in Safari/Leopard

Monday, March 30, 2009 15:34
Posted in category Apple, Browsers, How-To's


If you are the type who enjoys your privacy either because you have some secret agent job, or enjoy the more risque content the internet has to offer, Safari has an option just for you: “Private Browsing”.  When activated it doesn’t store cookies, history, passwords, etc.  After closing Safari  from a private browsing session, upon reopening you will find that your past session is missing…as if it never happened.  Now, would you like private browsing to be turned on as default?  Sorry to break it to you but Apple has declined to include such an easy and obvious feature.  However all is not lost.  Come inside to figure out how to get around the slight road block and never again have to worry if you turned on private browsing mode.


Getting around the limitation in Safari and having private browsing set as the default mode on Safari start up is really quite simple.  All you need is a few minutes of time and a basic skills to use Apple Script.  Now don’t run away by the mention of Apple Script.  I don’t know much if anything about it and was able to get through this…so should you.  Don’t forget: This only works in Leopard…NOT Tiger or previous versions of OS X!


  1. Launch the Universal Access system preference and enable the Enable Access for Assistive Devices option
  2. Launch Script Editor (inside of the AppleScript folder which is inside the Applications folder)
  3. Enter: 



Now all you have to do is save that script as a new application.  From now on, launch Safari using that “application” you made and forget about having to toggle Private Browsing on ever agian.  Yay!


Source: Macworld

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