Using Incognito Mode

I learned something new this weekend and wanted to share it with you. When I am writing a blog post and using various links, I test them before I publish the post. In an effort to publish a usable bit of information for the reader, it seems best that the links work as intended, right?

When I was working on my review of Lori Kennedy’s “From Doodle to Design” class on Craftsy the other day, I was trying to test my links to her class on the Craftsy website. As an affiliate of Craftsy, I receive a small payment if anyone purchases something through my blog. Naturally, I wanted the links to work properly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย The problem was that when I clicked through the link, it took me to my personal Craftsy account, not the main page that I intended to link to. This was because my Chrome browser was keeping track (as it is designed to) of my browser history and taking me to the last Craftsy place I had been.

I asked Ian (my youngest son) to test the link from his laptop. He was sitting at the table with me editing photos on his laptop while I was fussing with this. He suggested I open an “incognito” window and test it myself. I never knew this was even a “thing”. ย Using Chrome, if you press Ctrl-Shift-N (all at the same time) it will open a new tab on your browser. This tab will be working privately, meaning it will not see your history, or cookies, that are generally available. ย When I tested my link while “incognito”, it worked exactly as intended because I was testing from a clean slate, so to speak. Another way to use incognito browsing on a Windows computer is to click on the 3 thin lines at the top of the screen, in the upper right corner. The drop down menu will offer ‘New Incognito Window’ as a choice. That will take you to the same thing. Again, this window will not access your history so you have the clean slate I was talking about. Browsing the web using an incognito window also means that your history isn’t saved when working with this screen.

After learning about this ability to browse Incognito, I took advantage of it and tried to search for my Facebook page. I have the privacy on my Facebook page locked down fairly tightly. I wasn’t able to access it at all. That was good to see.

Could be that this is old news to you and I am late to the party here, but I am happy to add this to my process when I am proofing a post before hitting the publish button. Hopefully it will help you too if you hadn’t already heard of this. ย If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I will find an answer (probably by calling Ian but still….) ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking up with Stephanie today over at Late Night Quilter. Come take a look at her Tips & Tutorials Tuesday. There is always something to learn each week at this link up!

14 thoughts on “Using Incognito Mode

  1. Diane

    Good info. I do not use Chrome so I tried the other option but couldn’t get “new Incognito Window ” as a choice’ I up-dated to windows 10 a while back. Maybe that choice isn’t available?????

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    1. Bernie Post author

      It appears to be a problem with Windows 10. There are all sorts of complaints listed that users with Windows 10 lost the incognito feature. ๐Ÿ™ Maybe it will be fixed eventually?

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  2. Lori Kennedy

    I didn’t know this! I knew there was an incognito mode-but didn’t know this easy way to get to it! Thanks!

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  3. JanineMarie

    Ha! Every once in awhile, I accidentally hit a key (don’t know which one) and then my laptop announces that I’ve gone incognito. I always giggle a bit because it makes me feel like a spy or someone engaged in some shady activity. Good to know there’s a legitimate reason to go under cover!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Haha. That is so cute. If I had to guess, I would say there are loads of people using the feature for viewing shady stuff on the web. However, I am certain you are not in that group!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so funny!

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  4. Allison

    Thanks for sharing incognito! There are so many icons that pop up on my computer screen that I have no idea about. We are going to miss our home IT support when he goes to university in September!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Well, at least when he is off in school, you can still message him with your IT questions! My boys get that from me on a regular basis. ๐Ÿ™‚

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