Because of its speed and features, Chrome is one of the most popular browsers on the internet. Although there is nothing wrong with this browser, you may want to change its privacy settings. While the majority of people are unconcerned about data privacy, a few people prefer not to share their information with others. That’s why they keep their browser histories clean or use Chrome in Incognito Mode By Default .
If you’re one of those Windows users who prefers private browsing and always uses incognito mode, you can set Chrome to open in this mode permanently. That means the Chrome in Incognito Mode By Default when you open it. Isn’t that a great feature?
This article is for Windows 11/10 users who prefer to keep their data private online and don’t want to share it with Google or other vendors.
You’ll need to follow a few steps one by one to make Chrome in Incognito Mode By Default always.
How to Get a Chrome Incognito Icon on your Desktop?
On a Windows 11/10 PC, you must first create a Chrome incognito icon on the desktop. This is also useful for Windows users who prefer to open Chrome from a shortcut on their desktop. To do so, take the following steps:-
- Go to the Chrome installation folder (typically C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application) and right-click on Chrome.exe (executable file). Select Show more options now.
- Select Sent to, then Desktop (create shortcut) from the drop-down menu.
- Following the steps above, you will have a desktop shortcut to the Chrome application.
- To open the Chrome Properties dialog, right-click on the new Chrome shortcut icon on the desktop and select Properties.
- In the Chrome Properties dialog, go to the Shortcut tab and click on the Target field, keeping the cursor at the end of the text.
- In the Target box, type -incognito after a space at the end of the text. The entire text in the Target field will be as follows:- “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -incognito
- Click the Apply button. Select OK.
Double-clicking on the newly created Chrome shortcut icon now launches Chrome in private mode. At the same time, you can open Chrome in normal mode by pressing the previous shortcut icon.
- To change the icon, right-click on the Chrome shortcut icon on the desktop again and select Properties from the drop-down menu to open the Chrome Properties dialog box. Then select the Shortcut tab.
- Select the Change Icon option. Click the OK button after selecting the icon you want to use for the Chrome incognito shortcut.
- To change the icon of the Chrome incognito shortcut icon, click the Apply and then OK buttons.
By selecting the appropriate shortcut icon from the desktop, you can now launch Google Chrome in normal or incognito mode.
You can pin incognito Chrome to Start to access it from the Start menu. To do so, right-click on its desktop shortcut icon and select the Pin to Start option.
In Windows 10, pinning the incognito Chrome to the taskbar is simple, but in Windows 11, you’ll need to take an extra step. Show more options by right-clicking on the shortcut icon on the desktop.
Select the option to Pin to Taskbar from the drop-down menu.
Chrome incognito is added to the taskbar of Windows 11/10 after completing the steps above. By right-clicking on Chrome’s icon in the taskbar, you can launch it in private mode.