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Launch Command Prompt, then enter "start chrome" into the window to open Google Chrome. You can also run "start chrome /incognito" to open Chrome to an incognito tab instead, or run "start chrome" to open Chrome to a specific website, replacing "" with the address of the website or web page you want to open.

You can do almost anything from the Command Prompt on Windows 10—even open the Google Chrome web browser. You can also open Chrome in incognito mode or jump straight to a website. Here’s how it’s done.

Open Chrome Using Command Prompt

First, open the Command Prompt by typing “command” in the Windows 10 search bar and then selecting “Command Prompt” from the search results.

open command prompt

In Command Prompt, run the following command:

start chrome

start chrome command

Chrome will now open. You can also do the same thing from the “Run” window.

Open Run by typing “Run” in the Windows 10 search bar and selecting the “Run” application.

open run app

Here, type Chrome and then select the “OK” button.

Open chrome from run

The web browser will now open.

Open Chrome as Administrator

You can also open Chrome as an admin. You’ll need to use the runas command to achieve the aforementioned. Run the following command in the Command Prompt:

runas /user:administrator "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\Chrome.exe"

You’ll then be asked to enter your computer’s admin password. Type the password and press the Enter key to proceed.

Open Chrome as administrator

You’ll now be running Chrome as an administrator.

Open Chrome in Incognito Mode

To open Chrome in incognito mode from the Command Prompt, run the following command:

Start chrome /incognito

start chrome in incognito mode from command prompt

To do this from the Run program, enter this command instead:

chrome /incognito

run chrome in incognito mode from Run

Chrome will now open in incognito mode.

Jump Straight to a Specific Website

If you want to save yourself a step and open a specific website in Chrome from the Command Prompt, you can do so by running this command:

start chrome www.<websiteURL>.com

So, if you wanted to go straight to How-To Geek, you’d run this command:

start chrome

Start a website in chrome from command prompt

Or, you can go to a specific website in incognito mode by appending the /incognito command. For example:

start chrome /incognito

go to a website in incognito mode

You can achieve the same goal using Run by using this command:


go to a website from run

Or, to open the site in incognito mode, use:

chrome /incognito

chrome incognito website from run

That’s all there is to it!

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