Incognito Mode Guide To Google Chrome

by Himanshu Yadav on July 7, 2010

History feature in the browser sometimes turned out to be biggest headache for PC users. By using this feature anyone can know about the sites visited by you by. It’s just a matter of  pressing the “Ctrl+H” key of the keyboard. To overcome this problem, many browsers introduce private browsing mode. Here’s is a detailed guide of private browsing mode known as Incognito mode in Google Chrome.

What is Incognito mode in Google Chrome

This mode is also known private browsing mode. In this mode the data accessed by you is not stored in your computer by any means. It means no one can’t say about your browsing history by clicking the “Ctrl+H” buttons.

How to switch to Incognito mode in Google Chrome

It’s easy. Click on the wrench icon given at the top right. On drop down, select the option “New incognito window”. A new window will pop up and that is incognito window. Get ready for the secret browsing :).

There is a keyboard shortcut to launch the incognito mode. Press “Ctrl+Shift+ N” keys of the keyboard simultaneously to launch the incognito window.

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If you are Mac OS X user then go to File –> New Incognito window or press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl+Cmd+N”.

Advantages of Incognito Mode

Apart from the main advantage of private browsing you can always login to different account on the same website without having log off from the first account. As Incognito window of Chrome doesn’t know about the things going inside the main window, you can always login into the same website using different credentials without log off from the normal mode.

For example if your  friend borrows your computer from you for some time to check his Facebook account then instead of logging out from your own account in Chrome, you can advice him to use incognito mode.

Also in Incognito mode, Chrome never stored the cookies in your computer. So it is good for safe browsing. Here is a quick guide to disable cookies in Firefox browser.

How to Start Google Chrome in Incognito mode by default

If you don’t like pressing “Ctrl+Shift+N” key again and again to switch to incognito mode then you can change the properties of Google chrome so that it can open it by default. Her’s how you can do this:

1. Right click on the Chrome shortcut on your browser and click on the “Properties”. If you don’t have Chrome shortcut in desktop then click on start button, type chrome in the search box and then drag the icon to the desktop.

chromeproperties Incognito Mode Guide To Google Chrome

Now go to the shortcut tab. In the target field type  –incognito after .exe ( Note: There is a space after .exe and there is a double hyphen before incognito).

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All done. Now whenever you’ll click on the chrome icon on your desktop, it will open it in incognito mode. However if you want to open Chrome on normal mode then click on Start button, type Chrome in the search box, drag and drop the result to the desktop. Open the newly created shortcut and it will open the Chrome in a normal mode.

How to use extensions in Incognito mode

Incognito mode is powered by extensions too. You can use any installed extension in this mode.

Type chrome://extensions/ in an address bar and press enter. It will display all the installed extensions of your browser. Check the box next to “Allow this extension to run in incognito.

chromeextensions Incognito Mode Guide To Google Chrome

Check all the boxes if you want to enable all the extensions. That’s it. Enjoy the extensions in both the modes.

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