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Go incognito when launching Chrome on Windows

Need to keep your browsing habits private or just trying to avoid cookies? Read on to find out how you can launch Chrome into incognito automatically.

You might think that only people who are looking at questionable content online use incognito mode. However, there are plenty of other reasons to use it, such as:

  • Skipping the need to logout of your accounts just so you can use an alternate one.
  • Shopping for a surprise gift. You don't have to remember to delete the browsing history each time you're on the computer.
  • Avoiding paywall limits. This might allow you to read a few extra articles.
  • Letting friends and family check their email, Facebook, Twitter -- or whatever else you don't want associated with your own account.

Instead of needing to remember to go incognito, you can force Chrome to open that way each time. Here's how:

The right-click menu from the Windows 7 desktop. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Right-click your desktop, select New, and then Shortcut.

Locate the application's .exe file. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Click the Browse button and locate your Chrome install. It will probably be in Computer > Program Files (x86) > Google > Chrome. You're looking for the Chrome.exe file.

Add the incognito flag to the file path. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Once you have Chrome selected, add the text -incognito to the end of the file path. Click Next and give your shortcut a name (if you want to), then Save.

Now whenever you click this shortcut, Chrome launches with incognito mode active. You can replace your previous shortcut with this one, or keep both.

Via How-To Geek.