How to Always Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode on Windows 10

How to Always Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode on Windows 10

Google Chrome usually remembers your search history. You can stop it, if you set it to always open in Incognito mode. This is how you can set up Chrome for private browsing.

What is Incognito Mode?

Incognito is a personal search mode in Chrome. When you use it, Chrome does not store search history, cookies, site data, or any information that you type in forms between sessions. The session ends when you close all open Chrome windows. Downloads and bookmarks are still saved unless you delete them manually.

It is important to know that Incognito does not prevent you from being tracked by third parties on the Internet. This includes ISPs, whatever organizations you search for (such as schools or offices), or websites like Facebook, which track your activities across the web through your IP address.

How to Always Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode on Windows 10

To launch Chrome in Incognito mode by default, you must add command line options to the shortcut that launches Chrome. Even though that might sound scary, it’s actually not very difficult to do.

First, find the shortcut that you used to launch Chrome. This might be in the Start Menu or taskbar, or on your Desktop. Right-click the Chrome icon, and then in the popup, right-click “Google Chrome” and select “Properties.”


The Properties window for the shortcut appears. On the “Shortcut” tab, look for the “Target” text field.


The Target box will contain something similar to the following:

“C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Google \ Chrome \ Application \ chrome.exe.”

This is the path to the Google Chrome application that runs every time you click on a shortcut.

You will change the contents of the Target box by adding something at the end. Click the text field and position your cursor at the end of the street. Press the space bar, then type “-incognito” at the end of the path in the text box.

The Target box must now contain the path to the Chrome application in quotation marks, and the text that you just typed in, as shown in the image below.


Click “OK” to close the Properties window. If you click “Apply,” you might get a warning; just ignore it and click “OK.”

The next time you open Chrome from the shortcut, Chrome will launch automatically in Incognito mode.


Remember that Chrome will only start in Incognito mode if you launch it from the shortcut you just changed. When you’re done with your session, make sure you close all open Chrome windows.

If you experience problems launching Chrome from the shortcut you changed, double check that you didn’t make a typo in the “Target” box. If all else fails, delete or delete the shortcut, create a new one, and then try modifying again.
How to Remove Incognito Mode

If you want Chrome to launch in plain mode again, you can clear the “-incognito” option at the end of the path in the Target box. You can also easily release or delete the shortcut to Chrome and create a new one.

After configuring Chrome, you might want to set up a Windows 10 user account specifically for each person who uses your PC. This gives everyone more privacy, and everyone can also configure Windows 10 to suit their preferences.

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