Almost every Web browser that you use on your computer or your smartphone has some type of private browsing mode. Unfortunately most of them have their own name for this feature so, if you are coming to Chrome from a different Web browser, then you might be struggling to locate the option that lets you browse privately.
Whether you want to visit a website without being signed into your account, or you simply want to do some browsing that won’t be saved to your history, then it’s possible to do so in Google Chrome. Our guide below will show you how to quickly open a private browsing window in Chrome on a Windows 10 computer.
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How to Start Private Browsing in Chrome for Windows
The steps in this article were performed on a Windows 10 laptop using the 75.0.3770.100 version of the Google Chrome Web browser.
Step 1: Launch Google Chrome.
Step 2: Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button at the top-right of the window. It’s the button with three dots.
Step 3: Choose the New Incognito window option.
You should then see the window below, letting you know that you are in Incognito mode, which is Chrome’s version of private browsing. To exit Incognito mode, simply click the red X at the top-right of the window to close it.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + N while in Chrome to launch an Incognito window as well.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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