Earlier today, one of my friends on Twitter asked me how to run Google Chrome in incognito mode using Launchy, the best app launcher for Windows. The answer in itself was not a one-liner, so I decided to write up this post to explain how this can be done.
The initial steps are a bit long but once you are done you will be able to quickly launch Chrome in Incognito mode using Launchy. In fact, following the same trick you can also add other apps or use other modes in Chrome.
Step 1: Create a shortcut to incognito using the steps given here http://techie-buzz.com/tips-and-tricks/start-chrome-in-incognito-mode.html.
Step 2: Don’t delete the shortcut, instead cut it and paste it into a folder of your choice, for example, C:\shortcuts. Once you have pasted the shortcut there, just rename the shortcut to something you can remember, say incognito.
Step 3: Open Launchy and right click on the search box and select options or click on the starred circle icon in the corner.
Step 4: In the catalog tab click on the + symbol under the Directories text area. Now browse to the folder where you placed the shortcut and then add it to Launchy.
Step 5: Select the folder you just added to the directories list and in the left hand side in the text box type *.lnk and click on the + button. After you have done that, click the "Rescan Catalog" button on the bottom of the tab and wait till it finishes rescanning the catalog. That’s it, you are all set to launch incognito mode using Launchy.
Next time you want to launch Chrome in incognito mode through Launchy, just type in incognito and Google Chrome will launch in incognito mode. Hope this helps.