Google Chrome's Incognito Mode is a private browsing mode similar to Firefox's private browsing feature. Incognito Mode blocks local session date, cookies or temporary Internet files, from being recorded. The data is deleted after the session is ended by the user.
The data of the Incognito Mode browsing session is not carried which means that it won't show up in the browsing history, cache, as cookies, or in other locations.
Chrome users can start a new Incognito Mode session with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-N (on Mac Command-Shift-N), or by selecting Menu > New Incognito Windows from the context menu that opens.
Chrome lacks options to open links displayed on sites open in the regular browsing mode in Incognito Mode directly. The only built-in option is to copy the link to the Clipboard, start a new private browsing session, and paste the link into the address bar when Incognito Mode opens.
Update: Incognito Switcher is no longer available. Chrome users may use extensions such as:
The extensions offer the same or even better functionality that Incognito Switcher offered.
Incognito Switcher is an extension for the Google Chrome browser that can do just that. The extension adds an icon in the Chrome address bar that provides access to this functionality.
A click on the button will change the state of the current tab from normal mode into incognito mode and vice verse.
A double-click on the icon will switch the whole window to incognito mode and back to normal mode.
It should be noted that switching a tab or window to incognito mode will not remove the records that already exist in the browser, only future records will be removed by the private browsing mode.
This makes it for instance interesting when an Internet user encounters wants to open links on a current website in incognito mode.
Keyboard shortcuts can be configured in the options of the Chrome extension to switch to or from incognito mode with the keyboard.
Incognito Switcher can be downloaded from the Google Chrome extensions gallery.
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