Do you use the Incognito Window in Google’s Chrome browser? Somehow I missed this for way too long after I started using Chrome.
The Incognito Window gets rid of all cookies, logins, or anything identifying you to a website. You’re, you know, incognito.
I use the incognito window daily, for all manner of reasons.
Three ways to use incognito mode
- When working on client projects and needing to log into a web-based application, and you’re already logged into as yourself (like any social media account).
- To see your blog (or a client’s blog) the way any user sees it, not how you see it when logged in.
- When you don’t want a search to be influenced by past search or recommendations. Or to see if you’ll get different coupon offers on many retailers’ sites by being a “new” guest, rather than a frequent searcher.
Using incognito windows saves time spent logging out of any and every app or site, and avoids, “Wait, which user am I logged in as?” or “Is that really what they’re seeing, or is that a setting on my end?
To open an incognito window in Google Chrome select File -> New Incognito Window. Learn more about incognito windows directly from Google.
How can I tell if I’m in regular mode or incognito mode? When you’re incognito, you’ll see a sneaky dude in a hat and sunglasses in the right top corner of your browser window.
Have you used incognito mode? What other uses do you find helpful?