November 21st, 2008
While playing with Application Shortcuts for the last post, I found that Chrome will not make an ‘Incognito Application Shortcut’. That is, even if you are in an incognito window when you first make an Application Shortcut, whenever you open it, your web application will be in a regular, non-incognito window.
To get around this shortcoming, we’ll need to edit the application shortcut manually. Right click on your shortcut and click ‘Properties’. Go the the ‘Shortcut’ tab, and find the ‘Target’ text box. For example, the target text for my GMail shortcut is
“C:\Documents and Settings\Dallin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” ––app=https://mail.google.com/mail/
To turn this into an Incognito Application Shortcut, we’re going to add ‘–incognito’ before the ––app in the shortcut target, so that it now looks like
“C:\Documents and Settings\Dallin\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –incognito ––app=https://mail.google.com/mail/
Now when your run your application shortcut, the window will have the familiar darker tint of an incognito window, and you’ll know your private data will remain private!