Google Chrome: Use a Command Line Switch to Open in Incognito Mode

Starting with version, you can use a simple command line switch to open the browser in Incognito mode. This means you can easily create a shortcut and not have to rely on javascript tricks to get the privacy you desire.

1. Copy the Google Chrome shortcut that you normally use to your desktop.

2. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties.

3. In the Target text box, go to the end, insert a space and then input the following:


4. Click the OK button.

5. Rename the shortcut Incognito Mode.

Now use the shortcut to open your browser, you will be in Incognito mode.


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6 Responses to “Google Chrome: Use a Command Line Switch to Open in Incognito Mode”

  1. October 29, 2008 at 11:08 am, Rob Rogers said:

    You can download Google Chrome Beta at


  2. October 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm, Quinn McHenry said:

    For those of us fortunate Mac-only rock stars who might be a teensy bit jealous that Google doesn’t love us enough to share the new browser wealth, what is incognito mode?


  3. October 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm, Rob Rogers said:

    As described by Google: In this mode, the browser will not store basic browsing history information such as URLs, cached page text, or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites you visit. It will also not store snapshots of pages that you visit or keep a record of your downloads. New cookies received in incognito mode will not be saved after you close your browser or return to normal browsing mode.


  4. November 12, 2008 at 12:33 am, Jay said:

    NOTE: –incognito must be outside of the “\\chrome.exe” quotations


  5. November 21, 2008 at 8:30 pm, Guido said:

    Quinn, safari has something like it called private browsing in the file menu.


  6. December 13, 2008 at 8:25 pm, chromie said:

    With –incognito command line switch, I don’t get the Chrome incognito window at all, UNLESS a non-incognito Chrome window has already opened. What’s going on? I have the latest version (using About Chrome -> Update).


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