Ctrl+Shift+N: Start incognito session in a new window in Google Chrome

(Since we had yesterday off for Labor Day, two posts today!)

One new concept in Chrome is the idea of an incognito session, where the history and cookies are not preserved. This could be useful if, for example, you’re at a friend’s house or an Internet café, or if you don’t want your spouse to see that you’ve been shopping for a surprise birthday present. Or other things.

To start a new incognito session in Chrome, just press Ctrl+Shift+N. A new window appears, with slightly different coloring and a “secretive browser person” icon at the top.

(To close the incognito session, just press Alt+F4 as you normally would to close a program. All tabs in your new window close at once.)

27 thoughts on “Ctrl+Shift+N: Start incognito session in a new window in Google Chrome”

  1. Ctrl Shift N is a keyboard shortcut for making a new folder on any place in Windows: either i a partition root, in on a folder as a sub folder or on the PC’s desktop as well.

  2. It looks like you can create a program shortcut to chrome, and then edit the shortcut to use the -incognito flag, plus a space and then the name of the web site you want to visit. I’ll write up a blog post showing the steps when I get a chance.

  3. “One new concept in Chrome is the idea of an incognito session, where the history and cookies are not preserved.” New concept??!! It was implemented in Firefox years ago…. -.-

  4. nodar86, as far as I can tell, Firefox only added support for private browsing in version 3.1, which was released in late 2008. The blog post you’re responding to was also posted in 2008. Chrome had it first.

  5. actually there is a command line for starting chrome in incognito. Go to the properties and select the shortcut tab. after the ending double quotes type ” -incognito” without the quotes and with the spaces. Sometimes you may need to put — instead of -. Then launch it and it will launch chrome as incognito.

  6. can anyone tell me more tips and tricks in chrome……?
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  7. good day to all..i would like to ask…until now this ctrl shift n is still not traceable?..and i add some more.can anyone willing to help me to learn more about programming..i want to learn more..

    thanks…

  8. i need to be able to go into the internet page without sending a message
    or requesting a code to be entered after using a tel. number to receive a code
    my past eml address is absolete and i am traveling another country
    were it causes me a severe charge on opening the phone

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