Always start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to always start or launch Google Chrome in Incognito mode in Windows 10.

By default, Google Chrome will remember your web browsing history. This is can be helpful in many cases, especially when you’re visiting your favorite websites and don’t always want to completely type the address in the address bar.

Your favorite websites will auto complete, your saved passwords will get you to login without typing and many more useful features are available in Chrome standard mode.

However, some people would like a little more privacy and they can do that with incognito mode.

Chrome incognito mode tells Chrome not to locally store your browsing history, cookies, site data, or any information you type in forms between sessions.

To get started with automatically opening Google Chrome in Incognito mode, follow the steps below:

Launch Chrome in Incognito Mode

To access Chrome incognito mode from the standard session, simply open the browser, then at the top right corner, click on the three vertical dots.

Then select New incognito window. You can also quickly open incognito mode using the keyboard. Type Ctrl + Shift + N to open it.

That should do it!

Always open in Incognito Mode

If you want to always start Chrome in incognito mode, open Chrome, then right click Chrome icon from the taskbar, and then in the popup, right click Google Chrome and select Properties.

This will open Chrome properties window. In the Shortcut tab, locate the Target text field.

The Target field will have a line similar to the one below:

"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

We’re going to change the text in the Target field and append the -incognito option.


So the new target field text will look like this.

"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito

Click Ok to save the changes and exit.

The next time you open Chrome, it will open in incognito mode.

One thing to remember is Chrome will only open in incognito mode when you launch it from the icon you modify from the taskbar, or icon you modify from the desktop.

You can also modify Chrome icon from the Start menu by going to the path below:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Then modifying the icon there to include the -incognito option.

To remove the incognito mode, simply right-click the icon and go to properties and delete the option you added.


This post showed you how to always open Google Chrome in incognito mode in Windows.

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