Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows  

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows

    How to Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    19 Oct 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows


    If you donít want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode. However, downloads and bookmarks will be saved.

    When you browse privately, other people who use the device won't see your activity.

    Chrome doesn't save your browsing history or information entered in forms. Cookies and site data are remembered while you're browsing, but deleted when you exit Incognito mode.

    Incognito mode stops Chrome from saving your browsing activity.

    Your activity might still be visible to:
    • Websites you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
    • Your employer, school, or whoever runs the network youíre using
    • Your internet service provider

    If you sign in to an account to use a web service (like Gmail) while in Incognito mode, your browsing activity might be saved on sites that recognize that account.

    Chrome wonít remember the files you download while browsing in private. But, they're still saved to your Downloads folder, even after you exit Incognito. You and anyone who uses your device can see and open the files.

    All bookmarks you create are saved to Chrome.

    You can switch between Incognito windows and regular Chrome windows. You'll only browse in private when you're using an Incognito window.

    Incognito mode runs in a separate window from your normal Chrome windows.

    If you have an Incognito window open and you open another one, your private browsing session will continue in the new window. To exit Incognito mode, close all Incognito windows.

    If you see a number next to the Incognito icon at the top right, you have more than one Incognito window open.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut that will always open Google Chrome in Incognito mode in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut that Opens in Current Incognito Window
    • Option Two: Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut that Always Opens in New Incognito Window



    EXAMPLE: Incognito mode in Google Chrome
    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows-google_chrome_incognito_mode.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut that Opens in Current Incognito Window


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location you want to use below depending on if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (32-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode to specific site in current Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual URL address (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) of the website you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito https://www.tenforums.com


    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode to specific site in current Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual URL address (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) of the website you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito https://www.tenforums.com


    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows-google_chrome_incognito_mode_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name (ex: "Google Chrome Incognito") you want for this shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows-google_chrome_incognito_mode_shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can change icon, Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.






    OPTION TWO

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut that Always Opens in New Incognito Window


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location you want to use below depending on if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (32-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode to specific site in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual URL address (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) of the website you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window https://www.tenforums.com


    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens Google Chrome in Incognito mode to specific site in new Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual URL address (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) of the website you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window https://www.tenforums.com


    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows-google_chrome_new_incognito_mode_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name (ex: "Google Chrome Incognito") you want for this shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows-google_chrome_incognito_mode_shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can change icon, Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
       #1

    Thanks for this! I have both the regular Chrome and the Incog Chrome on the task bar. I see that when I launch the incog chrome it works fine but it opens on the regular chrome icon in the task bar. Is there a way to keep the incog chrome on the incog chrome Icon and the regular chrome on the regular chrome icon?

    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 1607
       #2

    I think there is some typo mistake?

    32-bit Windows should be %ProgramFiles(x86)%
    64-bit Windows should be %ProgramFiles%
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 61,850
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    bojiokia said:
    I think there is some typo mistake?

    32-bit Windows should be %ProgramFiles(x86)%
    64-bit Windows should be %ProgramFiles%
    Hello,

    It's correct. (x86) is only available in a 64-bit Windows.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #4

    Is there any way to have a Chrome App open in Incognito (in window mode)? I thought adding -incognito at the end of the shortcut target would work but it doesn't.

    %ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --profile-directory=Default --app-id=einemgfahogcfiinsdfsfsfsdfjjdkigm -incognito

    I've tried taking out the --profile parameter but it makes no difference.

    Or.... is there a parameter I can put in to have the shortcut open as a window rather than a browser tab?

    - - - Updated - - -

    So I did a bit or research and there is a way. Simply add --app= before the URL like so...
    %ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -incognito --app=https://www.tenforums.com/

    Full list of switches here > List of Chromium Command Line Switches << Peter Beverloo
      My Computer


 

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