Always start Google Chrome in an Incognito window (GUIDE)

Always starting Google Chrome in Incognito mode helps to keep the internet somewhat private. In Incognito, none of your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered into forms are stored on your device.

This means that your activities do not show up in your Chrome browser’s browsing history on your device. So people who also use your device cannot see your activities.

The Google Chrome browser indicates when you open an incognito window.

You can now browse privately. Other people using this device cannot see your activity. However, downloads, bookmarks, and items on your reading list are stored.

The following information is not stored in Chrome:

Your browsing history
Cookies and site data
Information you provide in forms
Your activity may still be visible to:

Websites you visit
Your employer or school
Your internet service provider
Block third-party cookies. If this option is turned on, sites cannot use cookies that track you across the Internet. As a result, features on specific sites may no longer work.

Always start Google Chrome in an Incognito window

Always start Google Chrome in an Incognito window

To open the Google Chrome browser on a Windows 10 or 11 PC, always in an incognito window, we need to change the Chrome shortcut.

Right-click on the Google Chrome shortcut. You will often find this shortcut on the desktop or in the taskbar. In the menu, click on “properties”.

Google Chrome shortcut properties

Click on “Shortcut” tab and change the “Target”. After the path in the “Target” place ” -incognito” without quotation marks.

The complete target, including incognito switch, will be:

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

Click apply and then OK to confirm.

incognito switch on Chrome shortcut

A Chrome window will open in incognito mode whenever you open Google Chrome via the custom shortcut.

To go a step further, you can also change the icon of this shortcut. This helps you identify that this is a shortcut that opens Google Chrome in an incognito window.

Right-click on the shortcut. In the menu, click on “properties”. Then, in the “shortcut” tab, click the “Change icon” button at the bottom.

Select the incognito icon and click OK to confirm.

Incognito icon

It is now immediately apparent that this is a shortcut that opens Google Chrome in an incognito window.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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