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Icon ie 7c8743c56d85b1e96c31af8e324dc092b67cd5ab81be1377087cd6fa424530a8  How to use Ant.com toolbar in the Internet Explorer's InPrivate Browsing mode

Modern web browsers support a special mode that allows users to browse Internet without storing information on disk, like browsing history, cookies (including Flash ones), images, etc. This mode is commonly known as privacy mode, although it does not provide a full privacy protection like hiding or masking user's IP-address.

How to activate InPrivate Browsing on Internet Explorer: Menu Tools > InPrivate Browsing or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P

Starting from version 2.2.1 Ant.com Video Downloader can download videos in the Internet Explorer's InPrivate Browsing mode.

Activating Internet Explorer's extensions

Before downloading videos in the InPrivate Browsing mode, Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar must be activated as InPrivate Browsing mode. It first starts with all plugins and toolbars (but not extensions) deactivated. You can see the corresponding message when you click on the 'Ant.com' button on the Internet Explorer's Command Bar:

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To activate Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar in the InPrivate Browsing mode do the following:

1. Right-click on the 'Tab bar' (a bar where tabs are placed) and uncheck the menu item 'Disable Toolbars and Extensions when InPrivate Browsing starts'

Note: Here, this title unites Internet Explorer's Plugins and Extensions under a single term 'Extensions'. However, in the Internet Explorer terminology, Extensions are Command Bar buttons, and they are not disabled in the InPrivate Browsing mode.

2. Click on the 'New tab' button. A new tab with Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar will open. You can close the previous tab which doesn't contain Ant.com Video Downloader.

If you opened a new tab and there's no Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar visible, then do one of the following:

  • Right-click somewhere below the address bar and select Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar
  • Go to the menu ViewToolbars and select a menu item Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar. If you don't see the menu of Internet Explorer, press and release the Alt key to display it, or right-click somewhere below the address bar and select a menu item Menu Bar.

Note: If there's no menu item 'Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar' under View — Toolbars, then reinstall the toolbar or download and install a new version.

When Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar is first activated in the InPrivate Browsing mode you see a pop-up introduction window:

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This window describes briefly the way videos are downloaded by Ant.com Video Downloader in the Internet Explorer's InPrivate Browsing mode.

Note

You activate Ant.com Video Downloader in the InPrivate Browsing mode only once. Subsequent launches of Internet Explorer in the InPrivate Browsing mode will have Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar activated.

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If you have already disabled Ant.com Video Downloader in the InPrivate Browsing mode in the past and now re-enabling it again, it is recommended to open a new tab and use it instead of the previous one.

You are now ready to download videos.

Downloading videos in the InPrivate Browsing mode

The main difference between the usual mode and the InPrivate Browsing mode is that each video is downloaded in the user defined location.

In the usual mode all videos are downloaded by default into subfolder AppData\LocalLow\ant.com (Windows Vista or Windows 7) or Application data\ant.com (Windows XP) within a user's home directory (which is typically C:\Users\<Username> for Windows Vista or Seven, and C:\Documents and Settings\<Username> for Windows XP). This is because a web browser may work under a user account with limited privileges, so the best writable folder is always picked.

In the InPrivate Browsing mode each time when a user clicks on the 'Download' button a pop-up window 'Save as' is displayed. The default location for 'Save as' window is a user's desktop:

The reason why videos in the usual mode and in the InPrivate Browsing mode are downloaded into different locations is to prevent mixing of the content that is downloaded in separate modes.

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When selecting a download location in the InPrivate Browsing mode you cannot choose read-only folders. You have to select directories for which you have write permissions. Usually, the folder 'Libraries' and its subfolders (Windows Vista and Windows 7) or 'My documents' (Windows XP) as well as the user's desktop always have write permissions. Removable USB storage media (such as flash memory sticks) usually also provides write permissions.

When videos are downloaded in the InPrivate Browsing mode, they are marked with a small InPrivate label:

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The videos that are downloading in both usual and InPrivate Browsing modes are displayed in the same window of Download Manager. You can remove videos that completed downloading by clicking the 'Clean up' button. The list of downloaded videos is not kept for both modes. Also, take into account that closing the Download Manager window actually doesn't close Download Manager itself — it is unloaded automatically when all instances of Internet Explorer are closed.

Please note, that videos downloaded in the InPrivate Browsing mode cannot be opened by the embedded video player:

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The reason why videos are not played by the embedded video player is because the player only scans default download folder which is AppData\LocalLow\ant.com (Windows Vista or Windows 7) or Application data\ant.com (Windows XP) within a user's home directory. The embedded video player is a simple tool. Its purpose is to preview the video that you have downloaded quickly in a case when you do not have a full-fledged media player installed. Thus, the embedded video player does not have a feature to track all videos that are downloaded in the InPrivate Browsing mode.

In order to watch videos downloaded in the InPrivate Browsing mode, you can manually copy or move them into the default download folder (you can click on the 'Browse' button on Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar to get a quick access), and then close and reopen the embedded video player. It will rescan the default download location and show new files. Or you can install 3 rd party video player software to watch videos in any location on the disk.