Create Shortcut to Open Google Chrome in Incognito mode

Create Shortcut to Open Google Chrome in Incognito mode

Google Chrome is an extremely popular browser that everyone uses and enjoys. This browser is built on a Chromium-based open project and provides a plethora of capabilities to its users. When using Chrome in normal mode, as with other browsers, a user’s browsing history, search history, data entered into forms, websites visited, and so on can be viewed by other users on the same system. If you do not want this to happen, simply open the browser in incognito mode and browse the web. However, opening the browser in normal mode and then switching to incognito mode every time can be inconvenient.

To avoid this, simply build a shortcut that launches the Google Chrome browser in incognito mode. When you double-click on the shortcut, the browser window will open in incognito mode. Alternatively, if you are certain that you will only use the browser in incognito mode from now on, you can simply edit the existing shortcut to always open the window in incognito mode.

In this article let us see in detail how to edit the existing shortcut and also the steps to create a new shortcut.

Method 1: To Create a New Shortcut

Step 1: Right-click anywhere on the screen, and a context menu opens as shown below

  1. Select New
  2. Select Shortcut


Step 2: In the Create Shortcut window,

1. Either type or browse to the location of the Google Chrome application file(.exe) under Type the location of the item section

Generally, this file is present in the below location:

"%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito


For systems with 64-bit Windows version, it is present in the following location:

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito


2. Click on Next


Step 3: Give any Name of your choice under Type a name for this shortcut section and click on the Finish


That’s All. A shortcut will be created on your desktop. Just double-click on it to open the browser in incognito mode.


Method 2: Edit the Settings of Existing Shortcut

Step 1: Right-click on the Google Chrome browser shortcut and click on Properties


Step 2: In the Properties window,

1. Choose the Shortcut tab

2. Under Target append –incognito. The Target section should look something like this:

"%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito


For systems with 64-bit Windows version,

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito


3. Press Apply

4.Click on OK


That’s it. The existing shortcut will now be updated so that when you double-click it, the browser will open in incognito mode.

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