How To Launch Google Chrome In Safe Mode

The term ‘Safe mode’  is more familiar to Firefox users than it is to Chrome users. Chrome does not have an obvious Safe mode option.  Here’s a work around.

When you launch something in safe mode,  you are simply launching it with limited capabilities. For an app like Chrome,  you can launch it without unnecessary extensions and plugins. You can achieve this by launching Google Chrome in Incognito mode.

I have done an article on Google Chrome’s Incognito mode before and how it works.  From the article,  you will get to Incognito mode after launching the browser normally.

In today’s article,  we’re looking at how you can launch Chrome directly into Incognito mode.  This is an equivalent of ‘Safe mode’  in Chrome.

  1. Open Run box by pressing Windows+ R keys together on your keyboard.
  2. In the text box,  type in:  chrome.exe -incognito
  3. Press Enter or click OK.  Google Chrome will be launched in Incognito mode(Safe mode).

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If you want,  you can create a desktop shortcut for Google Chrome Safe mode instead of launching the run box every time you want to start Safe mode (Incognito mode)

Copy your Chrome desktop shortcut and paste it somewhere else on the desktop.  Rename the new short cut to ‘Google Chrome Safe Mode’.  Then right click on it and select ‘Properties’. In the target url section,  add ( -incognito) to the url. Then click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.


The Safe mode (Incognito mode) desktop shortcut will now be taking you directly to google chrome Safe mode.

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