How to Create Chrome Incognito Shortcut in Desktop


We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Create Chrome Incognito Shortcut in Desktop. Let’s begin!

You can also switch to Incognito mode directly from the Chrome options menu. However, if you want to make it your permanent way of browsing the web, i.e whenever you launch Chrome from the desktop it opens an incognito window instead of the regular one. Then you need only make use of a simple switch to set Incognito as Chrome’s default launch mode.

So, what’s a switch? Google Chrome makes use of various command-line switches which allow you to perform different tasks related to it. Some change the behavior of features, others are for debugging or experimenting. The method of launching Chrome in Incognito from its desktop shortcut is also made possible through a command-line switch.

First, you need to create Chrome’s shortcut to your desktop. Simply navigate to its installation directory, right-click and then navigate to ‘Send To’ followed by clicking ‘Desktop’. Alternatively, you can look for Chrome in the startup menu and right-click its icon in the results list to access this same menu and create the shortcut.

Once the shortcut has been created, right-click on it and then select ‘Properties’ from the context menu as demonstrated in the screenshot below.

incognito shortcut

Here’s what you will see in the Target field under the ‘Shortcut’ tab:

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

The above text implies that if you double click the shortcut, it will launch Chrome in normal browsing mode with your saved tabs and browsing history intact. What you need to do is use a command-line switch to tell the browser to launch an Incognito window instead. To do that, you simply need to append at the end of the ‘Target’ field command line the switch  –incognito as shown below.

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

If you want to create two Chrome desktop incognito shortcut; one for normal browsing and other for Incognito, then you can also specify a different icon for either one by clicking the ‘Change Icon’ button. Changing the icon will allow you to easily identify which icon will open Chrome in private browsing. After selecting the icon, click ‘OK’ / ‘Apply’ to save your changes. And that’s about it, you can now launch Chrome’s Incognito or Normal browsing modes directly from your desktop.


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