How to open Chrome incognito by default on Windows

Of the incognito mode of Google Chrome is useful in many situations. For example, you can use it to retrieve private information or to sign in to a second Google account. Unfortunately, the browser does not have the option to enable incognito mode by default. If you want Chrome to always start this way, you need to use the trick explained in this article.

The first step is to to create a new shortcut. You can do this either on the desktop or in any directory of the file system. Just right click on an empty space, open the menu item New and choose Shortcut (shortcut).

Create a new shortcutCreate a new shortcut

In the pop-up window, enter the path to Google Chrome. For simplicity, we leave them below:

“C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”

Then click Nextto continue.

Enter the Chrome pathEnter the Chrome path

In the next step of the wizard, enter the name of the shortcut. Use something similar to Chrome Inkognitoto make it easier to see and click Finish to complete the process.

Rename the shortcut toRename the shortcut to

Now it’s time to edit the shortcut to open an instance of Chrome in Incognito mode. Right click on it and click Properties (Characteristics). In the pop-up window, place your cursor next to the end of the text Target (Target) and enter the following:


Edit the shortcutEdit the shortcut

Once you apply the changes, the Chrome shortcut will always open in private mode. Remember that you can use the shortcut from any folder by making copies of it. It is also possible to integrate them into the start menu and taskbar like any other link. The latter is recommended so that you always have the incognito mode at hand. If for some reason you don’t want to enable the private window, use the shortcut Chrome created during installation.

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