How Do You Get Out of Incognito Mode in Google


Do you find yourself browsing in incognito mode on Google and wondering how to return to regular browsing? Incognito mode is a privacy feature in Google Chrome that allows you to surf the web without recording your browsing history or storing data like cookies and cache. However, there may come a time when you need or want to exit this private browsing mode. Whether it’s to return to your personalized web settings or simply to resume usual browsing habits, I’ll guide you through several methods to exit incognito mode with ease.

how do you get out of incognito mode in google

Closing the Incognito Window

Incognito mode operates in a separate window from your regular Google Chrome browsing sessions. To leave incognito mode, you simply need to close the window.

  1. Look for the incognito icon: It’s usually a little figure wearing a hat and glasses, located at the top right corner of the window.
  2. Close the window: You can click on the ‘X’ at the top right of the window (on Windows) or left (on Mac), or you could use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W on Windows or Command+W on Mac.

Quickly exiting incognito mode allows you to resume your standard browsing experience where your history and cookies are stored.

Restarting Google Chrome

Sometimes, the simplest way to exit incognito mode is to restart the browser completely.

  1. Close all Chrome windows: Make sure you close all Incognito and regular windows. You can do this by clicking on the ‘X’ at the top of each window or by right-clicking the Chrome icon in your taskbar/dock and selecting ‘Close all windows’.
  2. Open Chrome again: After all Chrome windows are closed, you can relaunch Chrome either by clicking on its icon on your desktop, taskbar, dock, or by searching for Chrome in your computer’s search function.

Restarting Chrome provides a fresh start, opening in regular mode by default. Keep in mind that any unsaved work in other windows may be lost.

Using Task Manager to Close Incognito Mode

If you’re having trouble closing the incognito window normally, you might need to use Task Manager on Windows or Activity Monitor on Mac.

  1. Opening Task Manager/Activity Monitor: On Windows, you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or right-click the taskbar and select ‘Task Manager’. On Mac, you can open Activity Monitor by going to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
  2. Find and end Chrome processes: Look for any Google Chrome processes that are running, click on them, and then select ‘End Task’ on Windows or ‘Quit Process’ on a Mac.

This method should close all Chrome windows including incognito ones. However, this might cause unsaved work to be lost.

Adjusting Chrome’s Properties

You can adjust the properties of your Chrome shortcut to prevent it from opening in incognito mode.

  1. Locate the Chrome shortcut: Find the shortcut on your desktop or in your start menu.
  2. Access properties: Right-click on the shortcut and select ‘Properties’.
  3. Modify target: In the ‘Target’ field, remove any text after chrome.exe".
  4. Save changes: Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’.

This adjustment ensures that Chrome starts in normal browsing mode.

Disabling Incognito Mode through Command Prompt

For users who want to disable incognito mode entirely, command prompt adjustments can be made.

  1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator: Search for ‘cmd’ in the start menu, right-click on it, and select ‘Run as administrator’.
  2. Enter the command: Type REG ADD HKCUSoftwarePoliciesGoogleChrome /v IncognitoModeAvailability /t REG_DWORD /d 1 and press Enter.

Executing this command disables incognito mode, but it’s a more technical solution and mistakes in the command prompt can lead to system issues.

Larry R. Jimenez
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