Is there a way (except click-right → Open Link in Incognito Window) to make Google Chrome open all links in an incognito window from normal browsing mode?


Right click on the link, and then press the letter "g" on the keyboard. It's almost as fast as just clicking the link

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    This does not work on macOS.
    – slhck
    Oct 11 '17 at 16:07

I am not sure if you can suddenly switch all links to open in incognito mode, but extensions like Ghost Incognito will ensure that some links always open in incognito mode, this defeats the purpose of incognito mode.
incognito button and Incognito Tab switch will help you switch your current tabs to incognito mode.


Alt+Shift + Click on Link

Figured this out by just playing around with chrome

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    Sorry, but it’s not working for me. Not on Mac anyway.
    – Alex
    May 9 '14 at 5:36
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    Not working for me. Alt+shift+click on link just opened in a new window same as what Shift+click would do.
    – d-coder
    Dec 20 '14 at 17:15
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    Does not work on OS X...
    – Nick
    Aug 13 '15 at 11:05
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    Doesn't work for me I'm afraid Aug 16 '16 at 9:59
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    Doesn't work ... Jul 19 '19 at 21:35

I know this is old but I wanted to do the same thing and could not find the answer anywhere so I decided to post my solution.

Note that all links launched from a shell command will be in incognito, original chrome desktop shortcut etc still launch chrome in standard mode.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe\" --incognito -- \"%1\" "

I tried the other variation on this thread first but that didn't work... Here is what worked on my machine.

I'm on Windows 10 Pro, v.1903

Using RegEdit, I changed:

From: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -- "%1"
To: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito -- "%1"

Double-clicking .url file now opens it in private mode :-) Thanks bwDraco!


First create shortcut of Google chrome in desktop. Then Rename that shortcut to any convenient name like: new chrome.

Then Right click on shortcut and select properties. You will see a Shortcut menu there. In the shortcut menu, go to Target field and add --incognito at end of the path. But make sure there is a space between double quote and dash.

Now open this shortcut chrome and you will see that your incognito chrome is ready.

Hope this will help you. Thank you.


Hope this will work...

  1. Create a Shortcut on Desktop for the browser (like chrome)
  2. Update link in properties with '--incognito' in the end.
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    Do you have any reason to believe that a shortcut on the desktop will affect what happens when the user clicks on a link in a web page in a browser window?   Have you ever done it?
    – Scott
    Aug 1 '18 at 4:35
  • my bad, I read that article as per my requirements, but It's not possible otherwise, stackoverflow.com/questions/16148136/…
    – dippin dot
    Aug 1 '18 at 5:07

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