Friday, 1 April 2016

Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode by Default

I tend to use different browsers for different tasks, and that makes my life a lot easier when it comes to managing all the different things I have to do. From my point of view, the Google Chrome web browser is the ideal browser for its incognito mode when accessing known safe websites. 

In order to speed things up, I tend to start it in incognito mode by default. Not many people know this, but it is really easy to start Chrome in incognito mode by default. 
If you already have Chrome already installed, locate the executable on  your system. You can R-Click on your existing shortcut (i.e. on the Start menu) and choose, "Open file location". 

If that takes you to the shortcut on your system and not to the actual executable (e.g. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs), just R-Click that shortcut once more and choose "Open file location" again. This action will take you to the actual executable file (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application).

R-Click the executable chrome.exe and choose "Create Shortcut". The shortcut will be created on your Desktop. Locate that newly created shortcut on your desktop. I tend to rename this shortcut to "Chrome Incognito". R-Click on it, and hit Properties

Under the Shortcut tab, go to Target and add: -incognito
Hit OK, and your new shortcut will be able to open the Chrome web browser to incognito mode by default when you click on this particular shortcut you created. 

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