One of the most under-appreciated features of Google Chrome is their Incognito Window. To open it from Chrome, type Ctrl-Shift-N (or Command-Shift-N on a Mac). Or, you can go to the Settings button and select ‘New Incognito Window’.An Incognito Window creates a fresh instance of the Chrome browser. You still have your old bookmarks, but any logins, passwords, extensions, and browser history is gone. Additionally, Google will delete any stored incognito browser information when you close the window.Uses for Incognito Windows include:
- Logging in on someone else’s computer to check your email: Using an Incognito Windows let’s you check your email without having to log someone else out, and also ensures that all your information is deleted when you close the browser window.
- Personal searches or YouTube viewing: If you do these with an Incognito Window, you don’t have to worry about your personal information appearing during class with an autocomplete or a video suggestion
- Troubleshooting: Sometimes online services have problems due to add-ons, extensions, cookie data or the cache. By checking the site with a clean Incognito Window you can easily check if that is the source of the problem.