Want to disable Incognito mode of Chrome in Windows 10? In this post, you will read step by step guide on how to do that.
Whenever you visit any website in Google Chrome, it keeps the vital data on the page on your hard drive. These files are used for various purposes varying from storing the history of the website which you have visited in a text file called cookies.
Although, this data is used to improve the browsing experience. On the other hand, if you’re concerned about your privacy, then it also a privacy breach. To help users with this, all the modern browsers offer Incognito mode including Google Chrome.
Google Chrome Incognito mode protects your overall privacy by not keeping local data that could be regained later. This mode disables web cache and browsing history in the Chrome browser. Incognito mode is also known by various names like Private Browsing, Private Window, InPrivate Browsing, Porn mode, and Private mode.
Incognito Mode is a handy feature of the Chrome browser. To open Incognito mode in Chrome:
1. Click on the three-dot menu icon available at the top right side of the screen.
2. From the menu click on New Incognito Windows.
Alternatively, you can press CTRL + SHIFT + N keyboard combination to open it quickly.
You might also want to learn about How to Start Google Chrome in Safe Mode.
But some users want to disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10. There might be a variety of reasons why they want to disable Incognito mode. Maybe their smart kids taking advantage of Incognito mode to visit websites that are not suitable for them. Or there might be other strong reasons about which I’m not aware of.
Disable Incognito Mode of Chrome in Windows 10
Whatever is the reason behind disabling Google Chrome incognito mode, the truth is there is no official setting available in the browser to disable chrome the Incognito mode. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do that.
There is a workaround which you can use to disable Incognito mode in Chrome browser. Here’s what you need to do:
Things to Keep in mind:
- This will only work if you’re running Chrome 68 and Windows 10 April 1803 update. As of writing this blog post, both are the latest and stable version for Windows and Chrome.
- You need to have the administrative right for the account or the credentials of admin account.
1. In the Windows 10 Start menu search bar, you need to type regedit and when it appears in the search results, right-click and Run as administrator.
When the UAC dialog box comes up, click Yes to continue.
2. Next, in the Address bar of Registry editor, you need to copy-paste the following address and hit Enter.
3. Here on the left panel, Right-click on the Policies > New > Key.
Note: If Google Key is already available under Policies, then skip this step.
You need to name it Google.
4. Now you need to create a new subkey under Google key. For that, right-click on the Google > New > Key.
You need to name it Chrome.
4. Select the Chrome subkey and head over to right pane, here you need to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value with the name IncognitoModeAvailability.
Note: In case, you’re running 64-bit machine, still you need to create 32-bit DWORD value.
5. You need to set Value data 1 for the IncognitoModeAvailability DWORD value. For that, double-click on the key, type the value and click OK.
6. Close the Registry editor.
In case, Chrome browser is already running, then close and relaunch it. You will notice that the “New Incognito Window” option is not available in the Chrome menu.
At any point, if you want to bring back the Incognito mode in Chrome browser, then you need to repeat the same steps and change the Value data of IncognitoModeAvailability from 1 to 0.
Frankly speaking, if you follow the steps correctly, this workaround will disable Incognito mode of Chrome in Windows 10. I’m so sure because I have personally tested this workaround and it worked flawlessly.
Find this workaround useful? Do you know any other trick to achieve the same thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments?