How to Fix Missing Incognito Mode Option in Google Chrome Browser Windows Taskbar Icon Right-click πŸ’»

All of a sudden maybe one to two weeks ago, I no longer had the right-click option for the Google Chrome web browser incognito (private) mode on both my Windows 7 and 10 computers.

I tried unpinning Chrome from the Taskbar, then re-pinning. Nope, that did not fix it.

The obvious work around is to use the start menu where the incognito mode is still present:

But if you prefer to use the Taskbar, this process is not ideal. So I began to search for a solution keeping in mind my rule: shy away from complicated fixes that could end up disabling my computer.

After searching for a while I decided that all the solutions I found were not worth the risk. So I decided to invent my own novel solution.

Before you try this, please backup your computer data. Although I see little risk from my solution, try it entirely at your own risk.

Here are the steps:

1. Locate the Chrome program. On my Windows 7 computer it is here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application

2. Right-click chrome.exe and select Create Shortcut:

3. A warning will pop-up and you should click “Yes” to place the shortcut on your desktop:

4. Locate the Chrome shortcut on your desktop and optionally rename it:

5. Now, right-click the desktop icon and select Properties:

6. Next, change the Target text from/to:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -incognito

All you did was append a space and -incogito to the target link. Make sure this text is outside of the quote symbol. Then click OK:

7. Now when you click on the desktop shortcut Chrome will open in incognito mode.

8. The final step is to drag the shortcut and pin it to the Taskbar:

You are done! When you click the Taskbar Chrome icon you will launch the app in incognito mode.

Note: You can delete the Chrome desktop shortcut after you have pinned it to the Taskbar.

I hope this technology tip was helpful… 😎

Be well,
@SocialClaude

β€œTell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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