If you ever need to do some private browsing in Google Chrome, it’s easy to quickly open an Incognito window using a keyboard shortcut. In this special mode, your browsing history won’t be stored on your local machine. Here’s how to launch it.
First, open Chrome. With any Chrome browser window open, press the following keyboard combination to open a new Incognito window:
- Windows, Linux, or Chromebook: Press Ctrl+Shift+N
- Mac: Press Command+Shift+N
After pressing the keyboard shortcut, a special Incognito window will open.
Whenever you’re in Incognito mode, you’ll be able to tell because the Chrome browser window’s toolbar will have a darker color scheme and there will be a small incognito icon beside the address bar in the toolbar.
While browsing within an Incognito window, Chrome will not locally store your browsing history, site data, cookies, or saved form data once you close the Incognito window. However, downloaded files and bookmarks will be saved unless you manually remove them.
At any time, you can press Ctrl+T (or Command+T on Mac) to open a new tab within the Incognito window, and browsing activity within that tab will be locally private as well.
Remember that Incognito mode isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t protect you from those who might view your activity on the web remotely, such as your employer, school, ISP, or the websites you visit. It’s only to prevent local snooping of your browsing history.
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When you’re ready to stop private browsing, you’ll need to close the Incognito window. To do so using a keyboard shortcut, press Alt+F4 on Windows and Linux, or Command+Shift+W on a Mac. Or you can just click the “X” in the corner of the window with your mouse. Stay safe out there!
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