Browse in private
If you don’t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More New Incognito Window.
- A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon .
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.
- On your computer, go to your Incognito window.
- Close the window:
- Windows or Chrome OS: At the top right, click Close .
- Mac: At the top left, click 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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