How-To: Create a Desktop Shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

Now, let me just start by saying that…

Google Chrome Incognito Mode and Google Chrome Safe Mode are two different things as far as safety, security, and CPU usage are concerned.

Google Chrome Incognito Mode is all about private browsing, security and protecting your data. Any sites that you visit, and files that you download while in incognito mode are not recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history. And all cookies that were added, are deleted as soon as you close the browser window.

Google Chrome Safe Mode is all about temporarily disabling all of the Extensions you’ve added from the Google Chrome Store. Firefox, and even old ( insert curse word here ) Internet Explorer have Safe Mode. I’m not quite sure why Google Chrome doesn’t.

When we’re streaming movies from my laptop to the flat screen using the HDMI port, it can sometimes be frustrating when I know that the experience could be so much smoother and faster if I could just disable all of the extensions that I’ve downloaded by simply opening a different instance of  Google Chrome. The normal process of disabling extensions is irritating because I have quite a few installed, and disabling and enabling them can be quite tedious. After searching, I realized that the Google Chrome installer does not unpack a shortcut for Google Chrome Safe Mode, and that someone had created an extension – to disable extensions – one by one even. ( side eye )

Sorry, but we shouldn’t have to do all of that. Firefox gets the edge on that one.

So I followed some old support threads and created one myself.

All you need to do is:

  1.  Create a Google Chrome Shortcut on your desktop by right clicking on the current Google Chrome icon.
  2. Once you’ve “Sent it to Desktop (Shortcut), right click on the newly created icon and select “Properties”.
  3. In the “Target” field, place your cursor at the end and add the following:

Disable Extensions in Google Chrome


However, if you got to this post while trying to find Incognito Mode, here’s some information on the Google Support site.

The code to create a shortcut with Google Chrome Incognito mode is actually quite similar to the one I posted above for Google Chrome Safe Mode Shortcut. However, instead of “disable-extensions”, you would type “incognito” after the program location.

Incognito Mode Shortcut for Google Chrome


Hope this helps someone else.
It’s definitely made my music and video streaming much faster, and my working in Adobe Photoshop less of a time suck.