I’m using Safari… again. Don’t ask. it’s a troubled history. A few features are missing from my days using Opera and also Google Chrome, and one in particular is the ability to quickly activate Private Browsing mode. I do this solely when I’m blocked by a paywall at a news site that relies on cookies to count how many “free” visits I’ve made. Private Browsing makes it appear that I’m a new user, so I get to see the page.
Here’s a trick that’ll let you activate Private Browsing in seconds and see the page.
There’s no keyboard shortcut for Private Browsing but it’s really easy to add one.
- Open System Preferences and then click the Keyboard icon.
- Click the Shortcuts tab, and then select App Shortcuts in the list on the left.
- Click the Plus button and then type Private Browsing into the Menu Title field. Place the cursor in the Keyboard Shortcut field beneath and then type Cmd+Shift+P.
- Click Add.
If you get blocked by a paywall, just tap Cmd+Shift+P and then Cmd+R to refresh the page.