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Browse in private

If you don’t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then New Incognito Window.
  3. A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon Incognito mode.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window:

  • Windows, Linux or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + n.
  • Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + n.

Stop private browsing

Incognito mode runs in a separate window from your normal Chrome windows. To exit Incognito mode, close all Incognito windows.

  1. On your computer, go to your Incognito window.
  2. Close the window:
    • Windows, Linux or Chrome OS: At the top-right, click Close Close.
    • Mac: At the top-left, click Close Close.

What happens when you browse privately

  • Chrome won't save your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered in forms.
  • Files that you download and bookmarks that you create will be kept.
  • Your activity isn’t hidden from websites that you visit, your employer or school, or your Internet service provider.

Learn more about how private browsing works.

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