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Incognito or private mode is one of the useful and widely used features (among many others) in web browsers that allow users to surf the Internet in a way that prevents the browser from storing their sessions, history, cookies, and other private information. Although it has its own advantages and disadvantages, for some people it is an essential and most commonly used feature of a browser. That’s why in this article we’ll explain how Google Chrome always runs in incognito mode on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
Although you can access incognito mode in the usual way by opening your browser and opening a tab in incognito/private mode or using a shortcut to it, you still need to take a few steps to get there. However, thanks to the power of scripts, you can avoid having to go through these steps every time you want to browse in private mode.
How to Always Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode
Starting Chrome in incognito mode always under Windows is quite easy. You have to create a shortcut on the desktop by adding a simple command line to the default file destination. You can also do this for the shortcut that already exists on your desktop. Or you can duplicate the shortcut (by copy and paste) to get two shortcuts – one to start Chrome in normal mode and one to always start it in incognito mode.
To enable Google Chrome’s default incognito mode, you must add a command line option to the shortcut.
- First, locate the shortcut you use to start Google Chrome, either on your taskbar, desktop, or Start menu. Right-click it and select “Properties”.
- If you’re using a taskbar shortcut, right-click the Google Chrome shortcut on your taskbar, right-click Google Chrome in the menu that appears, and then select “Properties.
Google Chrome will then start in incognito mode when you launch it from this shortcut. If you use other shortcuts to start Google Chrome, you’ll need to change them as well.
To undo this change in the future, edit your shortcuts and delete the -incognito text you added.
Force Incognito Mode using the Registry Editor
Although the above method opens Chrome in incognito mode, you can use the menu to open a normal window. There is another way to force Chrome to open incognito and remove the option to open in normal mode. To do this, you must have administrator access and change the registry entry. If you are not familiar with the Registry Editor, save your registry entries before you edit them.
- Press the Win + R keys to open the run command. Type regedit in the command field and enter
- In Registry Editor, navigate to “Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies”. When you see all Chrome-related entries under the “Google” folder
- If you do not see the Chrome folder in Registry Editor, you can create it manually otherwise. Right click on the “Policies” folder and select the option “New > Key”. Enter the name of the key as “Google”.
- Then right-click the Google folder and create another key that you will call “Chrome”. The final structure should look like “Guidelines > Google > Chrome”.
- Select the Chrome folder in the left sidebar and right-click the empty right window. Select the option “Key > New DWORD (32 bit) value”.
- Windows will name the new DWORD value as “New DWORD Value #1”. Press F2 and change the value to “IncognitoModeAvailability”.
- Right-click “IncognitoModeAvailability” and select the “Modify” option.
- Set the data to the value 2 and click “OK” to save your changes.
The above settings work well if you regularly browse the same websites, but if you browse a large number of websites, it may be best to select the second option, “Keep local data only until you leave the browser”. This allows you to temporarily access the websites with the required cookies, but cookies and other data are automatically deleted when you close your browser.
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