Google wants to make it easier for you to access the Incognito Mode, right from your desktop on Windows PCs. This feature was first noticed earlier this week in the form of a Chrome flag but was yet to be functional back then. Today, however, users can now create a desktop shortcut for opening an Incognito window with a click.
This feature is currently hidden behind a Chrome flag in the Canary build instead of the stable build. For you to be able to create a desktop shortcut for Incognito mode, you need to be updated to Canary build #86.0.4233.0 . We’re quite familiar with the boon that’s Incognito mode. It enables you to browse the Internet privately, without saving your browser history, and blocking third-party trackers as well.
How To Create Incognito Mode Desktop Shortcut for Chrome
1. Launch the Chrome Canary and navigate to ‘chrome://flags’ to first enable the feature.
2. Search for ‘Incognito’ at the top to see the ‘Enable Incognito Desktop Shortcut’ flag under the available section.
3. From the dropdown menu next to the ‘Enable Incognito Desktop Shortcut’ flag, you need to select ‘Enabled’ and restart the browser.
4. Open a ‘New Incognito window’ by clicking the three-dot menu at the top right.
5. Now, click on the ‘Incognito’ icon next to the address bar to see a new ‘Create Shortcut’ icon. Click on this once to see a Chrome shortcut appear on your desktop.
This feature seems pretty unnecessary to me as someone who uses Chrome regularly will have it pinned in the taskbar. If they don’t, they should as they can simply right-click on the Google Chrome icon in the taskbar to launch a “New Incognito window” easily. This is a much better way of accessing Incognito mode than cluttering your Windows desktop.
The ability to create a desktop shortcut for opening Incognito windows is currently limited to Chrome Canary. It could make its way to the stable Chrome 86 release very soon.