I know that I can make Google Chrome start in incognito mode by adding "-incognito" in a shortcut. However, if I click on a link in Outlook or a word processor, for example, the link will still open in Chrome's normal mode.

How can I make Google Incognito my DEFAULT browser so that when clicking on links in another program, they open in Google Incognito automatically, not normal mode? I want Chrome Incognito to actually be my default browser without having to open it myself using the "-incognito" shortcut.


It's possible using a registry edit. Start Regedit.exe and go to:


Double-click (default) and include the -incognito switch after Chrome.exe. For example, if the value data is set as:

"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" "%1"

Change that to:

"C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito "%1"

That should do it.

(On a 64 bit system, if you installed the 32-bit version of Chrome, the path would look like "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito "%1")

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  • In case anyone is wondering, restarting your computer isn't necessary. Thank you w32sh, you're a genius. – GTS Joe Aug 12 '16 at 14:51
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    YW..Glad to have helped! – w32sh Aug 12 '16 at 14:55

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