How to Create Guest Mode Shortcut for Microsoft Edge & Chrome

Most of the new generation browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge now offer a “guest browsing mode,” which insulates a browsing session from the browsing history. If you have a computer that is used by multiple individuals, it might be a good way to let a friend or co-worker use the browser to look up in the Guest Mode so that it doesn’t affect your search history or the suggestions. This post will guide you on How to Create a Guest Mode Shortcut for Edge and Chrome.

Create Shortcut for Guest Mode Edge Chrome

In Microsoft Edge and Chrome, a guest mode is basically a guest profile you can use while browsing. If you are logged in as a guest, the browser does not load your primary browser profile: the one with all of your browsing history, browser preferences, and more. 

All the data searched in this mode will be deleted from your history when you exit this profile. Your downloaded files list is also cleared, although the files themselves are kept. 

How to Create Guest Mode Shortcut for Microsoft Edge and Chrome

Creating a browser window with the guest mode is a simple task. However, unless you know how to go around, you’ll be scratching your head, figuring how to do so.

1] Setup Guest Mode Shortcut for Google Chrome

  • Start by bringing up the Start Menu on your computer.
  • Search for Google Chrome, right-click the top result and choose Open File Location from the list of options.

Open Chrome File Location

  • Next, Under the File Explorer Window, right-click the Chrome icon, and choose the option Send To. Next, Select Desktop (Create Shortcut) from the drop-down.

Send To Desktop

  • Once the shortcut has been created on the desktop, now go ahead, right-click on the newly created shortcut, and choose Properties.
  • Under the properties window, click on the Shortcut tab and add –guest text at the end of the Target field without changing the text present there.

Chrome Properties edit shortcut

  • With that done, click on Apply and then choose OK.

With this, the next time you open Chrome with the newly created shortcut, you’ll find yourself browsing under Guest Mode.

2] Setup Guest Mode Shortcut for Microsoft Edge

Setting up a guest mode shortcut in Microsoft Edge is pretty similar to the one with Chrome. Here’s how to do so:

  • Pull up the Start Search Box on your computer and search for Microsoft Edge.

Open Edge File Location

  • On the main listed result, right and select Open File Location from the drop-down.
  • This will open a new File Explorer window. Here, right-click on the Edge icon, and select the Send To option. Further, choose Desktop (Create Shortcut) from the list of options. Note that this will create a new shortcut for chrome on your Desktop.

Edge Properties Edit Shortcut

  • Right-click on the newly created shortcut for Edge and select Properties.
  • Moving forward, click on the Shortcut tab under Properties and add –guest text at the end of the Target field without changing the text present there.

With that done, click on Apply and then OK to save the changes.

That said, wasn’t that quite simple? How often do you end up using Guest Mode on your computer? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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